Kane case takes new turn

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET

The cab driver at the centre of the Patrick Kane incident, has a checkered past.

The Buffalo News reports today that 62-year-old Jan Radecki, who accused 2008 NHL rookie of the year Kane and his cousin James of robbing and attacking him, has two drunken driving convictions and had no valid driver's licence at the time of Sunday morning's fracas in that city's nightclub district.

His licence, issued in 1996, was revoked in December 1998 after he refused to submit to a chemical test, according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle records. His conditional licence was pulled in April of 1999, for driving while intoxicated.

According to court records, Radecki pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in February of '99 and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years' probation.

Radecki didn't answer yesterday when Buffalo reporters went to his door and his attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio, had no comment. The same lawyer had represented Radecki in a driving while intoxicated case.

"I know he went into (Alcoholics Anonymous) and has not drank since then," LoTempio told The News, adding the jail time had ended up being a suspended sentence.

LoTempio had been playing down Sunday's incident with reporters, amid speculation there would be an out-of-court settlement. Patrick and James Kane were accused of assaulting Radecki, breaking his glasses and robbing him after failing to pay their fare, grabbing back their $15 after the cabbie told them he didn't have 20 cents change for the $13.80 ride, plus a $1 tip.

The Kanes, who pleaded not guilty, have a felony hearing scheduled in Buffalo City Court on Monday. Patrick Kane's lawyer, Paul J. Cambria, previously said he believes Kane will be found innocent when all the facts come out. Patrick, a Buffalo native, was set to join the U.S. Olympic team summer orientation camp the same day and Cambria is trying to change the hearing date.

"Obviously he's upset that he would be accused of something like this," Cambria told the News. "He hasn't committed a crime, and I think the evidence is going to demonstrate that. When all this is put into perspective, it's going to appear vastly different than the first impression."


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