Friday August 21st, 2015

Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was charged in Anoka County District Court on Friday with suspicion of driving drunk while his 12-year-son was a passenger in his SUV, according to KSTP-TV in Minnesota.

Sydor, 43, was booked for two counts of second-degree driving while impaired as well as child endangerment. 

Fridley police say Sydor had a .247 blood alcohol content level after being pulled over at 5:15 p.m. near Minnesota Highway 65 and Medtronic Parkway, according to KSTP-TV.  A test conducted at the police department revealed a .30 level of alcohol concentration, which is nearly four times the legal limit.

Police told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Sydor had bloodshot and watery eyes and struggled to speak without slurring his words when asked for his license. A police officer took Sydor's son to his game, and he was later dropped off at home by his coach. The child's mother was in Canada at the time of the incident.

The Minnesota Wild issued a statement regarding Sydor's case on Friday.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor,” the team said. “We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Sydor admitted last spring that he was a recovering alcoholic, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Sydor has served as an assistant for the Wild for the last four seasons. He played 18 seasons in the NHL for six teams.

- Christopher Chavez

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