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|15 июня 2006 года.
Озолиньш признал себя виновным в управлении автомобиля в нетрезвом состоянии.
Защитник «НЙ Рэйджерс» Сандис Озолиньш признал себя виновным в управлении автомобиля в нетрезвом состоянии и в превышении установленного лимита скорости. 33-летний латыш, который кстати в январе этого года проходил курс лечения от алкоголизма по специальной программе НХЛ, был арестован 2 мая. В итоге, Озолиньш отделался штрафом в $575 долларов и оплатой всех издержек суда.
Ozolinsh pleads to DWI, speeding // Newsday
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh pleaded guilty today to reduced drunk-driving and speeding charges stemming from his arrest two days after the end of the season.
On May 2, Ozolinsh was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and speeding, after he was pulled over for driving 66 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone and registered a 0.16 on a field sobriety test, twice the legal limit in New York State, according to police. He was released without bail and plead not guilty to the DUI on May 16.
However, City court Judge Barbara Leak accepted an agreement between prosecutors and Ozolinsh's attorneys that eliminated the misdemeanor charge.
Ozolinsh, 33, who is in the NHL and NHLPA's substance abuse rehabilitation program for a second time since January, withdrew the not guilty plea. Instead, he plead guilty to driving while impaired and to driving 55 m.p.h in a 40 m.p.h. zone. After the brief hearing, he paid $575 in fines and court costs.
The 13-year veteran, who was acquired by the Rangers in March and is due to earn $2.75 million this season, and his attorney, declined comment. It is unclear whether the relapse and the plea will lead to a suspension, or whether the team will place Ozolinsh, who had three goals and 11 assists in 19 games after coming here from Anaheim, on waivers. The Rangers had no comment.
BY STEVE ZIPAY
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh, who voluntarily enrolled in the NHL's substance-abuse rehab program while playing in Anaheim earlier this season, was arrested here Tuesday morning on a charge of drunken driving.
Ozolinsh, 33, was stopped for speeding at 11:08 a.m. on Westchester Avenue and registered a .16 on a field-sobriety test, according to the police report. The state's legal limit is .08.
The report said that Ozolinsh, who was driving a rented 2006 blue Nissan Altima, was clocked at 66 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer reported that "the driver's eyes were bloodshot and glassy . . . I noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver's breath . . . the driver slurred his speech and swayed as he stood."
Ozolinsh, who is due to earn $2.75 million next season in the final year of his contract that the Rangers assumed in a March 9 trade, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, issued summonses for speeding and driving without a seat belt and released without bail. The car was impounded and Ozolinsh was transported to police headquarters, where he refused further testing. He is scheduled for a court appearance here on May 16.
The incident is sure to raise questions about the future of the defenseman,
a native of Latvia, who has played 13 years in the NHL. He recently told
the Latvian team's coach that he was retiring from the national team, according
to a spokesman for his agent, Paul Theofanous, who did not return a phone