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Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 3:04 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him of boating while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Byfuglien was back in his home state of Minnesota over Labor Day weekend, boating on Lake Minnetonka when the arrest occurred. Byfuglien did pass the breathalyzer test by blowing a .03, but police charged him after he struggled in the field sobriety tests. More from the CBC:

The officer wrote that based on his observations, he decided Byfuglien was under the influence of something and placed him under arrest.

Byfuglien refused to give a blood or urine sample, so he was examined by a police drug recognition expert. Byfuglien's pulse rate was high, as was his blood pressure. His eyes were watery and he had a distinct brown stain on his tongue, according to the expert.

"He formed the opinion that Mr. Byfuglien was under the influence of a controlled substance and was unable to safely operate a watercraft," the court papers say.

He has a pre-trial hearing set for Feb. 2. The Jets will be in the midst of a six-game road trip at the time and are scheduled to be in Tampa Bay on the 2nd then at Florida on the 3rd.

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Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

Brown stain on his tongue.......probably should stop licking @#$ while boating.  Of course he had something to hide if he would not submit to the blood or urine test......duh.  I am sure the elevated blood pressure was not stress, the guy plays professional sports, he knows how to keep himself grounded under stress.  Another example of the "I wont' get caught because I am an athlete syndrome".



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

can you say cracker boys and girls? say it with me..."cracker"



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:05 am
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

Lake Minnetonka strikes again. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:59 am
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges


"a distinct brown stain on his tongue" ??? WTF???
Could have been LSD, especially the way they describe his physiological state. 



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:33 am
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

"a distinct brown stain on his tongue" ??? WTF???



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

Brown microdots are back in style!!!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

The fact he was even charged is ridiculous.
The story did state that it was alcohol/controlled substance.  He refused to give either a blood or urine sample.  If you're not under the influence of anything, why not give them what they wanted? 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

Sure, Byfuglien wasn't drinking, but do you really think he passed on a sobriety test because he only had 1.5 beers?    Buff likes to party, if he wasn't guilty of being under some type of influence, I've given him way too much credit. 



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

I agree with the Avs fan. And I'm a Wings fan.  That says something.  (By the way, great start for the Avs and Stars this year.  Like old times)



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Byfuglien pleads not guilty to boating charges

He blew .03 which isn't even halfway to the legal limit.  About a 1/2 a beer or maybe a full beer.  The fact he was even charged is ridiculous.  Gave him sobriety tests after he was on a boat.  I could fail one of those after drinking soda all day after being on a boat.  So basically you point is a very un-educated opinion.  Fortunately you can't get arrested for a poorly thought out response based off your opinion. 


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