The NHL player Nikolai Khabibulin is now receiving enhanced drunk driving charges in connection with his DUI arrest in Arizona last month; which could ultimately lead to more serious consequences. Mr. Khabibulin, who plays for the Edmonton Oilers, now faces an extreme DUI charge along with another misdemeanor excessive speeding charge, according to DUIAttorney.com.
Mr. Khabibulin’s blood test showed that he had a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent the night of his arrest. The Scottsdale police originally pulled him over after they saw Mr. Khabibulin allegedly driving 70 mph in a 40 mph zone. If the hockey player is convicted of the extreme DUI, he would have to serve a minimum of 30 days in jail. And he might not be able to get away with a plea bargain even with a skilled Arizona DUI attorney. DUIAttorney.com states that the Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office doesn’t usually plea bargain to any kind of reduction with extreme DUIs.
What’s even worse is that the NHL star may never be able to step foot on Canadian soil, if he’s convicted of the DUI charge. So it may not be long before Mr. Khabibulin has to say good-bye to the Edmonton Oilers. Canada views misdemeanor DUI convictions that occur in the United States as felonies. And because Mr. Khabibulin is a Russian citizen, not a Canadian citizen, it could be very difficult for him to enter the country of Canada with such a conviction.
If that’s the case, then maybe the hockey player can make Arizona his place of permanent residence. Mr. Khabibulin actually played for the Phoenix Coyotes for three seasons, according to All Headline News, and still owns a house in the area.