defenseman Dustin Byfuglien
was charged Tuesday with boating while intoxicated, as well as three related charges, three weeks after his arrest in Minnesota.
"After allowing the legal process to play out to this point and gathering as much information as we could, we are fully aware of the charges against Dustin," Win nipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff
said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. "While we will continue to support him in this situation, we understand the severity of the charges involved in this case. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment."
The Hennepin County (Minn.) Sheriff's office released the criminal complaint Tuesday, which says that a water patrol officer on Lake Minnetonka stopped Byfuglien's boat because the navigational lights weren't illuminated. According to the officer, Byfuglien's speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, he was unsteady on his feet and he smelled of alcohol.
Byfuglien refused to take a blood or urine test when directed to do so by the officer.
Mitch Robinson, Byfuglien's lawyer, has said in the past that his client did not know it was illegal to refuse the test and will fight the charges. According to Robinson, Byfuglien did undergo a breathalyzer test, which he passed.