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Barnaby pleads guilty to DWI charge

Matthew Barnaby has been charged with driving while intoxicated in Clarence, N.Y. (Getty Images...

Matthew Barnaby has been charged with driving while intoxicated in Clarence, N.Y. (Getty Images file photo)

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, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

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.


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