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Bell due back in court Feb. 21 on felony DUI charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell
pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three felony charges stemming from
an alleged drunk-driving accident over the Labor Day weekend.

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
scene.

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.