WINNIPEG – Authorities in Minnesota say Winnipeg Jets star Dustin Byfuglien has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
The sheriff’s jail roster in Hennepin County says the 26-year-old defenceman was brought in just before midnight Wednesday night and released shortly after 2 a.m.
An employee with the county sheriff’s office says he was arrested on probable cause and officers have 36 hours to determine if he will actually be charged.
During that time, blood or urine tests will confirm if he was intoxicated.
Another jail official said a mug shot of Byfuglien was taken but a decision was made not to release it to the media.
In the U.S., it is an offence to operate a motorboat with a blood-alcohol limit higher than .08. A conviction carries a maximum $1,000 fine, possible jail time and loss of a boating licence. The offence is raised to a gross misdemeanour, increasing the fine and jail time, if the driver’s blood-alcohol level is more than .20, he has similar past convictions or there were children on the boat.
Hennepin County covers the area around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Byfuglien was born in Minnesota and lives in the Twin Cities area in the off-season.
He played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League in Brandon, Man., and Prince George, B.C.
He won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.
He had 20 goals and 33 assists in 81 games with the Thrashers last year. He has played 341 NHL games in his career, scoring 75 goals and 87 assists.
The Atlanta team relocated to Winnipeg this off-season and was renamed the Jets.