Ozolinsh pleads guilty to driving while impaired

Updated: June 16, 2006, 5:54 PM ET
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Ozolinsh, who spent time this season in the NHL's substance abuse program, was arrested May 3 on a drunken driving charge, but pleaded guilty Thursday to the lesser charge of driving while impaired. He was ordered to pay a $300 fine.

Ozolinsh was stopped after driving 66 mph in a 40-mph zone, police Inspector Daniel Jackson said. A field sobriety test estimated the level of alcohol in Ozolinsh's blood at 0.17 percent, more than twice the state legal limit of 0.08 percent.

While sidelined by a knee injury in late December, Ozolinsh voluntarily entered the league's substance abuse program. In March, he was traded to the Rangers from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

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