Former NHL enforcer and ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby was arrested Monday morning in Clarence, New York, and charged with driving while intoxicated.
After having his car impounded, Barnaby was taken to the Erie County Sheriffs Department and released to the custody of his attorney after being issued a summons to appear in court.. The mugshot featured in this article is from a previous arrest, but we will update it as soon as his new one becomes available.
According to the reports, Barnaby was arrested around 3:15 a.m. after he was spotted driving erratically without a front tire, causing sparks to shoot out from the rim. When police arrived, Barnaby was promptly given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and after refusing a breathalyzer test, his driver’s license was immediately revoked.
So far, no court date has been set, but this is not Barnaby’s first run-in with the law this year. Back in May, he was arrested in a “domestic violence” incident involving his estranged wife and her friend, where he entered a plea of not guilty and was sentenced to community service.
However, as part of his plea agreement, those charges were scheduled to be dismissed, if Barnaby could stay out of trouble for a year. But according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, those charges could come back into play, and Barnaby could now face multiple misdemeanors because of this most recent arrest.
Following this news, ESPN decided to end its contract with Barnaby, who had been an NHL analyst for them since 2008, stating:
“We spoke with Matthew and informed him that we terminated his contract, effective immediately.”
Copyright ©2011 Jocks Behind Bars, LLC