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Khabibulin released from jail

Nikolai Khabibulin will spend the remaining 15 days of his 30-day sentence under house arrest. (QMI...

Nikolai Khabibulin will spend the remaining 15 days of his 30-day sentence under house arrest. (QMI Agency/Rick Scuteri)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

EDMONTON - Edmonton Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin has been released from Arizona’s infamous Tent City jail.

The drunk driving convict was scheduled to be released Sunday, but was inexplicably released Saturday.

Officials at the Maricopa County jail did not respond to calls for comment Sunday.

Khabibulin walked away from the prison a free man after serving his sentence for impaired driving.

Khabibulin will spend the remaining 15 days of his 30-day sentence under house arrest in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Paradise Valley is within the greater Phoenix area.

On top of his jail time, Khabibulin was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and participate in an alcohol recovery program.

Sgt. Jesse Spurgin described Khabibulin Saturday as an ideal inmate.

“No incidents or problems whatsoever,” Spurgin said.

“He behaved himself perfectly.”

Khabibulin was charged after being pulled over Feb 8, 2010, while driving 70 mph over in his Ferrari in a 45 mph zone.

Arizona police administered a sobriety test which the Oiler failed.

Khabibulin’s blood alcohol was .164, twice the legal limit in the southern state.

Tent City is Arizona’s infamous outdoor prison, where inmates are left to serve their sentences under the sun’s intense heat.

The prison is run by the heavy-handed Sheriff Joe, who shows no remorse for inmates trapped in the heat.

While Khabibulin was allowed to leave the prison for periods during the day, he spent his nights sleeping on an uncomfortable cot, packed in with dozens of criminals.


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