Klima sentenced to jail

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Troubled Detroit Red Wings star Petr Klima was sentenced to 35 days in jail Friday for violating his probation on a 1987 conviction for impaired driving.

The action resulted from Klima's arrest May 29 for drinking and driving and resisting officers.


Under the sentence handed down Friday by 48th District Judge Thomas Brookover, Klima will be released to a treatment center after completing his jail term.

He must remain there for 45 days, and cannot receive phone calls or visitors without the court's permission.

Klima showed up at the Oakland County Jail at 5 p.m. Friday as ordered to begin serving his sentence, authorities confirmed.

The 24-year-old hockey player's latest arrest was his third for drinking and driving.

He is scheduled for Oakland County Circuit Court arraignment June 22 on charges of resisting and obstructing arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, escaping lawful custody and driving with a suspended license.

He could receive up to two years in prison if convicted. The Red Wings have said they will await a final verdict in the case before deciding on Klima's status with the team.

Klima was stopped by Bloomfield Township officers for speeding. A breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol level was 0.17, well above the legal limit of 0.10.


Police said he broke free and ran when officers tried to handcuff him, but was captured about 150 yards away.

Friday's sentence covers the 80 days remaining on the maximum possible term he could have received on the 1987 conviction.

Brookover did not specify which center Klima will attend, but it must offer 'in-patient residential treatment,' said Mary McQuiddy, director of the probation department.

She said the ban on visitors and phone calls is 'somewhat exceptional,' but the judge did not explain the reasons behind it.

Klima also could be charged with a probation violation involving a 1988 Royal Oak case.

Klima's attorney could not be reached for comment.

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