Thursday, May 24
Updated: May 25, 12:58 PM ET

Hejduk has July 5 court appearance
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk faces a July 5 court appearance to be advised of charges filed against him after his arrest for investigation of driving under the influence and speeding.

Milan Hejduk

Mike Knight, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said Friday that it appeared to be a first DUI offense for Hejduk, who was arrested in the early morning after the team's May 10 Game 7 victory in the NHL conference semifinals.

If convicted, Hejduk could be sentenced to up to one year in jail, fined up to $1,000 and ordered to complete up to 96 hours of community service. The judge could decide to suspend a mandatory five-day jail sentence, Knight said.

Hejduk was stopped for driving 70 mph in a 45-mph zone in Englewood, a south Denver suburb, police spokesman Jim Ulrich said. Hejduk failed a roadside sobriety test and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.056 percent at a police station.

That amount qualifies for a lesser charge of driving while ability is impaired, but officers are allowed to consider factors other than blood-alcohol content, Ulrich said. He also said Englewood officers routinely charge all drivers in alcohol cases with driving under the influence and let the district attorney decide how to prosecute them.

In a written statement issued by the Avalanche on Thursday, Hejduk said, "I acknowledge the mistake I made and have already learned from it. I felt that I was fine to drive without realizing that what I was doing was against the law.

"I want to put this behind me, but at the same time I realize I made a mistake and I regret it."

Hejduk was arrested after the Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on May 9.

Ulrich said the officer who arrested Hejduk, Brian Cousineau, recognized the hockey star. He said Hejduk didn't ask Cousineau for any favors and Cousineau didn't offer any.

Ulrich said a woman in the car with Hejduk was sober and drove when they left the police station after his arrest. Ulrich did not know her name.

Hejduk leads all NHL scorers in the playoffs with seven goals and 13 assists. The Avalanche play the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday in Denver.

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