Barnaby gets community service for DWI

Dec. 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM   |   Comments

CLARENCE, N.Y., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Former Buffalo Sabres forward Matthew Barnaby must complete 100 hours' community service and in-patient counseling after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

Barnaby admitted Tuesday he was drunk when he drove his Porsche down Main Street in the Buffalo, N.Y., suburb of Clarence with one wheel missing and the rim sparking, The Buffalo News reported.

Barnaby, was fired from his job as a hockey analyst at ESPN after his arrest last week, was ordered to do 100 hours of community service speaking to Clarence youths.

After Barnaby pleaded guilty to four charges, including driving while intoxicated, Clarence Town Justice Michael B. Powers imposed court-ordered rehabilitation, including in-patient counseling, a one-year revocation of his driver's license, fines and surcharges totaling $1,950 and installation of an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

Barnaby, 38, pledged to take "proper measures" to stay out of trouble.

"I'm glad the [district attorney] held my feet on the fire and made me accountable," Barnaby said. "I promise I'll make [my family and friends] proud and this community proud."

Barnaby was arrested 3:17 a.m. Dec. 5 after a motorist called 911 and reported seeing sparks coming from Barnaby's vehicle as he drove on the rim.

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