Thursday, May 24
Updated: May 25, 12:58 PM ET
Hejduk has July 5 court appearance
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.
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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