In America its good to know that the laws that apply to most of us need not apply if you're famous or an athlete. Needless to say Matt Frattin, a North Dakota hockey player would have landed in jail if he played anywhere else. While everyone is entitled to a fair trial, once again the North Dakota hockey program continues to lead college hockey in arrests, fines and court appearances.
From today's Grand Forks Herald.
A jury of six Grand Forks County residents found UND hockey player Matt Frattin not guilty of drunk driving Tuesday.
The trial began in the morning and ended in the afternoon, with jurors returning a verdict after less than 30 minutes of deliberation, prosecutor Jason McCarthy said.
Campus police pulled over Frattin, a junior forward, in the early morning hours of Aug. 19. According to police, Lt. Tracy Meidinger smelled alcohol on Frattin’s breath and a test at the station put his blood-alcohol level at .12 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.
McCarthy said Frattin passed some of the sobriety tests, but failed others. “This was a closer one,” McCarthy said.
Meidinger testified for the prosecution; the defense did not call any witnesses. Among the evidence the prosecution presented was a video showing Frattin that night.
Frattin was kicked off the team following his arrest, which was his second run-in with police that summer. He rejoined the team and began playing again in January.
In July, campus police arrested Frattin and Joe Finley, a player who graduated in the spring of 2009, for throwing objects into a street. In that case, Frattin pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.
Messages left for Frattin’s attorney at his office were not returned Tuesday afternoon and evening.