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Former Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby Charged with DWI

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CLARENCE, NY - Former Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby was arrested and charged with DWI early Monday morning.

Erie County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of an SUV driving erratically without a front tire.

"The Sheriff's Department received a 9-1-1 call shortly before 3 o'clock this morning," confirmed Erie County Sheriff's Captain Ron Kenyon, who said the call came from a motorist who reported observing a vehicle driving in an erratic fashion on Transit Road near Greiner Road in Amherst.

"The same caller that was on the line with us reported that it was an SUV swerving side to side, and that it was missing a front tire driving on the rim," Kenyon said.

Kenyon says the caller followed the vehicle, as it continued north on Transit, and made a right hand turn on to Roll Road where police picked up the pursuit... eventually catching up to the vehicle after it had proceeded east on Roll Rd. for just over two miles.

When it pulled over on Dana Marie Parkway in the town of Clarence, deputies say they found Barnaby, 38, behind the wheel of his Porsche Cayenne which had also sustained significant front end damage.

"He was removed from the vehicle, he was cooperative, standard field sobriety tests were administered to Mr. Barnaby-which he failed - and and he was arrested at 3:17 am for driving while intoxicated," Kenyon said

Barnaby was issued appearance tickets and released to his attorney at about 4:30 am, according to police.

But Barnaby's legal trouble may not end with the DWI arrest.

This is the second time this year Barnaby has been in trouble with the law.

In May, Barnaby was arrested in Amherst and charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, harassment, contempt and aggravated harassment following an incident with his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Police say no one was injured.

He was sentenced in July to 500 hours of community service, counseling, an issued an order of protection from his estranged wife.

Barnaby was also granted a one-year Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD).

The ACD essentially provided that the charges stemming from the domestic disturbance would be dismissed, provided Barnaby avoided being arrested on any other charges for one year.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita told 2 On Your Side, "by virtue of this arrest, the defendant has put his Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal in jeopardy."

Barnaby was a hockey analyst for ESPN. The network said it "terminated its contract with Barnaby, effective immediately."

Barnaby was chosen by the Sabres in the fourth round of the 1992 draft, and played for Buffalo from 1993-99.

Click on the video player to watch our story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Andy DeSantis.

Click here to read Dave McKinley's blog.


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