Red Wings' Driver Arrested Again
Jul. 02, 1999
WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) _ The driver of the limousine that crashed just over two years ago, severely injuring two members of the Detroit Red Wings, was arrested this morning on a suspicion of drunken driving.
Richard Gnida was stopped after allegedly running a stop sign about 2 a.m., Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano said.
``He was then administered a field sobriety test and then administered a breath test, which he failed,'' Ficano said. Gnida's blood-alcohol content registered just above the state's legal threshold, Ficano said.
Authorities were seeking a warrant for second-offense operating under the influence of liquor and expected to arraign Gnida in District Court today.
Ficano said deputies were investigating whether Gnida has a valid driver license.
Gnida was driving the limousine that ran onto a median and hit a tree in June 13, 1997, six days after the Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup since 1955.
Defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov suffered disabling head injuries and are still undergoing rehabilitation. A second player, Slava Fetisov, suffered lesser injuries and retired at the end of the 1997-98 season.
Gnida told police he had blacked out. He served seven months of a nine-month sentence after he was convicted of driving with a suspended license. It was his second offense.
He was ordered back to jail in January after pleading guilty to probation violation charges. Gnida was accused of skipping meetings with his probation officer, not receiving outpatient therapy, failing to prove he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and not completing community service.
He was released for good behavior in March after serving 75 days of a 90-day sentence.
Gnida was no longer required to get counseling or perform community service because his jail sentence replaced his probation requirements.