Jets' Byfuglien will face charges

Winnipeg Jets star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested and charged with boating while...

Winnipeg Jets star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated and refusing a breathalyzer Wednesday night in Minneapolis. (QMI Agency files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

A Minnesota district attorney is giving the go-ahead for drunk boating charges against Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.

Byfuglien was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of boating while intoxicated on a lake in a Minneapolis suburb.

“A complaint has been approved but it’s not been filed yet to our knowledge,” said Steve Tallen, a Lake Minnetonka Conservation District attorney.

The 26-year-old Roseau, Minn., native, spent about three hours in jail in Minneapolis following his arrest by a Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Lake Minnetonka, in Excelsior, Minn.

He was released from custody early the following day after being booked for “probable cause” on intoxicated boating, and for allegedly refusing a blood or urine test.

The sheriff’s office gave no information on possible sentences if Byfuglien is charged and convicted, but if he ends up with a criminal record, he could run into legal roadblocks with the Jets and entering Canada.


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