Bell was charged last month with felony hit-and-run and driving
under the influence.
According to the Santa Clara County district attorney's office,
Bell's blood-alcohol level was higher than 0.15 when he rear-ended
a pickup truck in an early-morning accident in Milpitas, a town in
the San Jose foothills, and then walked a short distance from the
Bell, who is due back in court on Feb. 21, faces a maximum of
three years and eight months in prison.
At the time of the accident, Bell had not played a game for the
Sharks, who acquired him from Chicago in a three-team trade over
the summer. Bell has been a disappointment in San Jose, managing
just five goals and three assists in 36 games while leading the
club with 50 penalty minutes.