ESPN hockey analyst Barnaby arrested, faces DWI charges

John Nestor – AHN Sports Correspondent

Clarence, NY, United States (AHN Sports) – ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Monday morning.

Members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department arrested Barnaby after deputies were called to respond to a Porsche Cayenne driving on its front rim, causing sparks.

The Sheriff’s Department said in a report that Barnaby failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. By refusing a breath test Barnaby had his driver’s license revoked.

Barnaby was released to his attorney after being issued a summons to appear in court. An ESPN spokesperson said the network is looking into the situation, but had no further comment.

This isn’t Barnaby’s first brush with the law this year. In May, he was accused of causing an estimated $300 in damage after kicking a garage door while trying to enter a home in suburban Buffalo where his estranged wife and two children live.

He pleaded not guilty to five charges and was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service to have charges dropped.

As part of the ruling, Barnaby also was issued a one-year order of protection from his wife. He was barred from taking what was described as any “offensive” action against his wife, and also was ordered to avoid contact with his wife’s boyfriend.

Barnaby broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1992-93 season. He’s been at ESPN since 2008.

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