Barnaby pleads guilty to DWI charge
|Matthew Barnaby has been charged with driving while intoxicated in Clarence, N.Y. (Getty Images file photo)
Former NHLer Matthew Barnaby pleaded guilty Tuesday on a drunk-driving charge but avoided jail time.
During an appearance at Clarence (N.Y.) town court, Barnaby pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, driving with unsafe tires and failing to submit a blood-alcohol test. He was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, had his driver's licence suspended for a year and was told to undergo inpatient counseling.
Barnaby, 38, could still be deported to Canada.
Barnaby was arrested Dec. 4 by Erie County Sheriff's deputies after he was seen driving his Porsche Cayenne in the Buffalo suburg of Clarence. The vehicle was missing a tire, causing sparks to fly as he drove.
It is the second time in less than a year that Barnaby has been in legal trouble. He avoided prosecution for a domestic-related charge involving his estranged wife that was laid in May.
The latest brush with the law resulted in Barnaby being fired as a hockey analyst by ESPN. He had worked for the American broadcaster since 2008.