By Michael Russo
Wild center Benoit Pouliot was found guilty Monday in an Ontario courtroom of drunken driving, the Ottawa Citizen reports in this link.
Stemming from an August 2006 arrest (I’ll look for my original story and link it here in a bit), Pouliot was fined $2,000 and has lost his license for a year. Pouliot, then 19, was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level over the legal limit and refusing to provide police with a second breath sample.
Pouliot had more than 140 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. The legal limit is 80.
Justice J. F. Réginald Levesque of the Ontario Court of Justice claimed Pouliot had repeatedly attempted to influence the investigation.
After being pulled over at around 2 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2006, Pouliot continued eating chips and drinking water while looking straight ahead, court heard.
When he was arrested after failing a roadside test, Pouliot asked the officer whether there was anything police could do instead of taking away his licence.
“Do you know who I am?” he then asked the officer, according to testimony Levesque summarized in his decision.
“The accused became cocky,” Levesque said, before describing how, when asked if he wanted to call a lawyer, Pouliot, who is now 22, said he wanted to talk to his uncle, an OPP officer from the area.
Before stepping into a car outside the L’Orignal courthouse Monday afternoon, Pouliot said he had “made a mistake and learned from it.”
When asked whether the decision would affect him in the coming season, Pouliot said, “I don’t need a car to play hockey, so I don’t see a problem at all.”
Pouliot, who spent much of this offseason here in Minnesota working out, is expected to have a quality shot of making this year’s roster because for the first time, the Wild must pass him through waivers to get him through the minors.
Pouliot has been a disappointment since the Wild drafted him fourth overall in 2005, but first-year GM Chuck Fletcher has told Pouliot the slate has been wiped clean.
On a completely separate note, I forgot to mention earlier, the Wild is trying to get Brett Favre to do the “Let’s Play Hockey” for the Oct. 6 home opener. Last Viking to do it was Adrian Peterson, and that went well — as can be seen here.