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Jets' Pavelec banned from driving in Czech Republic for 20 months

Jets' Pavelec banned from driving in Czech Republic for 20 months
July 17, 2012 - 11:02 AM

PRAGUE - Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been banned from driving for 20 months in his native Czech Republic after being found guilty of drunk driving.

The 24-year-old Pavelec also received a six-month suspended prison sentence for causing a traffic accident May 26 in his hometown of Kladno, west of the capital Prague.

Pavelec hit a car with his BMW. There were no injuries.

Judge Ivo Postulka, who pronounced the sentence in a court in Kladno on Tuesday, said the driving ban will go into effect July 10 and will be enforced in the Czech Republic only.

Pavelec signed a new five-year contract with Jets in June.

Pavelec's sentencing comes a week before Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is slated to stand trial in Minneapolis on charges including impaired boating.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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