Matthew Barnaby DWI
December 6, 2011 by staff
Matthew Barnaby DWI, ESPN fired former Buffalo Sabres forward Matthew Barnaby as a hockeyanlyst after he was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated. The network said it “terminated its contract with Barnaby, effective immediately.” He had been with ESPN since 2008. This arrest may deepen his troubles with the law.
In May, Barnaby was arrested in Amherst and charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, harassment, contempt and aggravated harassment following an incident with his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Police say no one was injured.
He was sentenced in July to 500 hours of community service and counseling, and ordered to stay away from his estranged wife.
Barnaby was also granted a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. That essentially provided that the charges stemming from the domestic disturbance would be dismissed, provided Barnaby avoided being arrested on any other charges for one year.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita told WGRZ, “By virtue of this arrest, the defendant has put his adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in jeopardy.”
Barnaby was arrested early Monday on the DWI charge after Erie County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an SUV driving erratically without a front tire shortly before 3 a.m.
Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Kenyon said the call came from a motorist who reported observing a vehicle driving in an erratic fashion on Transit Road near Greiner Road in Amherst.
“The same caller that was on the line with us reported that it was an SUV swerving side to side, and that it was missing a front tire driving on the rim,” Kenyon said.
Kenyon says the caller followed the vehicle as it continued north on Transit, and made a right hand turn on to Roll Road where police picked up the pursuit, eventually catching up to the vehicle after it had proceeded east on Roll Road for just over two miles.
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