Former Phoenix Coyotes goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, will serve 15 days in the Maricopa County Jail for a drunk driving conviction he incurred last February, reports the Edmonton Journal.
Khabibulin, often known as "The Bulin Wall" and currently the goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers, was pulled over in Phoenix for driving approximately 25 miles per hour over the speed limit in his black Ferrari and was later charged with an "extreme DUI" when he was found to have a blood-alcohol content level that was twice the legal limit.
Under Arizona state law, an aggravated or "extreme" DUI is charged when the drunk driver has a blood-alcohol content over 0.15 percent. Khabibulin had a 0.164.
The charge normally comes with a minimum 30-day and maximum six-month jail term. Khabibulin was lucky enough to get the minimum sentence, plus he will only spend half that time in jail and the rest of the time under house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet. He must also pay a couple thousand dollars in fines and participate in an alcohol treatment program.
Not too bad for a guy who faced an extreme DUI charge along with another misdemeanor excessive speeding charge in a state notorious for its tough DUI laws.
Khabibulin had also initially appealed the sentence but decided to withdraw the appeal after the year-long process looked like it would jeopardize his chances to attend training camp.
According to Nikolai Khabibulin, being with his team meant more than putting forth the strong defense against the drunk driving conviction that his legal team felt he had: "I eagerly anticipate a timely return to Edmonton for training camp, where I will strive to be the best player, teammate, and citizen possible," the Journal said.
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