According to Yahoo Sports, the goal tender for the Winnipeg Jets, Ondrej Pavelec, tried to keep his DUI charges from being seen by his team coaches when he was signed. Reports show that he was accused for driving under the influence in the Czech Republic, where he was born. Apparently he hit a parked vehicle and his blood alcohol content level was at 0.20% which is 0.12% over the legal limit in the United States and twice the limit where he was staying. As a result of the crime, they suspended his license for a year and a half and didn’t require any jail time from him.
Reports say that at the time of signing with the Jets, he withheld the information regarding his accident and the DUI charges. This would have been the time to mention it because the contract was being legally negotiated then. Without mentioning anything, he signed a contract for 5 years’ worth $19.5 million. The team became aware of the matter later on, and has yet to decide what the ramifications will be for his misconduct and lies. Pavelec is apparently very regretful for the incident and is disappointed that he didn’t use proper judgment at the time of the incident.
The Jets team claims that they plan on discussing the matter with Pavelec when he returns to the states, and until then they remain undecided as to what will happen next. Reports also say that they are unsure as to how the charges made in another country will affect him while living in the states, or if they will at all. If you or someone you know is facing charges for driving under the influence, it is crucial to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. There are so many events that play into these types of occurrences, and you deserve to have your rights fought for. The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry wants to help you in your DUI matters, contact us today!