Vaive on trial for DUI

Former Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive appeared in a Newmarket court to face driving while impared...

Former Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive appeared in a Newmarket court to face driving while impared charges on Feb. 22, 2011. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

TERRY DAVIDSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:10 PM ET

TORONTO - Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive implied he’d knock over any reporter or photographer who got in his way as he left a Newmarket court Tuesday afternoon where he is on trial for an impaired driving charge.

“I’m not going to stop walking, guys, so be careful,” said the big, former NHLer.

Just minutes earlier, Vaive, seated in Courtroom 100, witnessed video evidence of himself being booked in a York Regional Police station on July 14, 2009 after being stopped in a black 4X4 pickup truck in the area of Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 407.

Vaive has been charged with impaired driving and blowing over the legal limit of alcohol to drive a vehicle.

Vaive earlier pleaded “not guilty” as he stood beside defence lawyer Calvin Barry.

Const. Carl Young testified that after stopping Vaive, he spoke with him at the driver’s side window of Vaive’s truck.

There was a strong smell of alcohol coming from Vaive’s mouth, Young told the court, and there was a “wet stain” around six inches in diameter in the “crotch area” of Vaive’s beige shorts.

Young said he demanded Vaive’s driver’s licence, ownership and insurance.

Vaive was slow to produce all three documents, said Young, adding that he had to ask three times before Vaive successfully produced his insurance out of his truck’s glove box.


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