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Limo Driver Guilty of Drunk-Driving

July 30, 1999

WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) _ The driver of the limousine that crashed two years ago severely injuring two members of the Detroit Red Wings organization, was found guilty Friday of opeating under the influence of liquor.

Richard Gnida, 29, could face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. His license would be revoked for five years, and he could be required to perform 90 days’ community service.

The sheriff’s deputy who pulled Gnida over testified Thursday in 18th District Court that he smelled alcohol on his breath.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Mengel said he thought Gnida might be drunk because he had just left a bar and had run a stop sign.

Investigators said a breath test showed Gnida’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent in the July 2 arrest. The legal threshold for intoxicated driving in Michigan is 0.10.

Gnida has been in custody since his arrest in lieu of posting $2,500 bail.

Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov suffered disabling head injuries in the 1997 accident. A second player, Slava Fetisov, also was injured.

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