Monday, April 9, 2007
Panthers' Belfour arrested for scuffle with cop
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goalie Ed Belfour was
arrested at a popular South Beach bar early Monday after a scuffle
with a police officer.
Belfour and teammate Ville Peltonen were at the bar when
security guards from the club asked police to make Belfour leave,
The 41-year-old hockey player refused and walked toward the
officer "in a fighting stance" and pushed him, a Miami Beach
police report said.
Belfour pulled away from the officer trying to arrest him and
grabbed his shirt. The hockey player then fell forward on the
ground, kicking and refusing to place his hands behind his back,
the report said.
Belfour had slurred speech, blood shot eyes and smelled of
alcohol, police said. He was charged with disorderly intoxication
and resisting an officer without violence.
Peltonen, 33, was charged with criminal mischief after he broke
a metal pole off a fire rescue truck parked in the area, a police
Belfour was released later Monday from Miami-Dade County jail on
$1,500 bond. Peltonen was released on $500 bond.
"We have been informed about the incident that occurred last
night and we are currently in the process of gathering all the
information," the Panthers said in a statement. "We have no
further comment at this time."
While playing for the Dallas Stars in 2000, Belfour pleaded
guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest following a
scuffle with a security guard at an upscale hotel.
He was sentenced to two years' probation and a $3,000 fine.