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Probert...more detail of his arrest

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  1. Boo

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    Probert faces 3 felony charges

    Ex-Wing is accused in Florida of battery and resisting officer

    By Fred Girard / The Detroit News



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    How far has former Red Wings player Bob Probert fallen?

    When exhausted police in Delray Beach, Fla., finally subdued an enraged Probert with repeated jolts from a Taser gun on June 4, Probert was in his first day on the job as an attendant at a beach club.

    All he had with him, according to police reports obtained by The Detroit News, was $37, and a Narcotics Anonymous key chain with a single key.

    At the police lockup, Probert punched the cell’s walls and window, stripped and plunged his clothes into the cell’s toilet, the reports say. He told one police officer, “I’m going to get you,” and began chanting “red and white, red and white.”

    Police took Probert to the Palm Beach County jail, where he was booked, photographed and fingerprinted.

    On Wednesday, the Palm Beach State Attorney’s office formally filed four charges against Probert: battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, threatening a public official (each a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine) and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

    No trial date has been set. Probert’s attorney, Robert Gentile of Palm Beach, declined to be interviewed. Probert could not be reached. He is free on $5,000 bond.

    For much of his 18-year career with the Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, Probert was one of the NHL’s toughest enforcers. But he became known for his off-ice battles with alcohol and cocaine.

    In 1989 Probert was convicted of attempting to smuggle a small amount of cocaine across the border between Canada and Detroit, and he served six months in a federal prison in Minnesota. The NHL banned him for life but rescinded that decision late in the 1989-90 season after Probert underwent rehabilitation.

    In the summer of 1994, days after he signed as a free agent with the Blackhawks, Probert crashed his motorcycle while under the influence of liquor and was suspended indefinitely by the NHL. He finally was allowed to return for the 1995-96 season.

    He retired after the 2001-02 season and, according to the Chicago Tribune, immediately checked into a residential substance-abuse treatment program.

    About five months ago, Probert, 39, began living in Delray Beach, Fla., a resort town on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Palm Beach County.

    The manager of the Colony Hotel and Cabana Club there said Wednesday that Probert had worked for the hotel’s beach club for exactly one day.

    Witness Jamie Bowers told police she went to the Colony Beach Club for a “Full Moon Party” on the night of June 4 and met Probert, who she said seemed very nice. Just after midnight, Probert offered to give her a ride since she had walked to the club from her home a block or two away.

    Instead, according to police reports, she, Probert and another partygoer took a detour down Atlantic Avenue, Probert saying he wanted to buy drugs. Probert pulled the white BMW SUV over to the wrong side of the road to talk to some men and was hanging out the window, yelling at them angrily, when a police car drove by, made a U-turn and pulled up behind Probert’s vehicle.

    Several bystanders yelled at police that Probert was there trying to buy drugs and to come get him, reports say. Before they could get there, Probert had leaped from his car and started chasing one of the bystanders, trying to fight him.

    Police intercepted Probert and said he began to fight them. Officer Thomas Tolbert used an “arm bar take-down” to bring Probert to the ground but was completely ineffective. Tolbert then used “several peronial nerve strikes,” but those didn’t affect Probert, either, the police reports say. Two other officers were helping Tolbert but could not handcuff Probert.

    Tolbert drew his M-26 Taser, told the other officers to clear, and fired the two barbs into Probert’s chest. He fell backward on the street and rolled onto his side during the five-second electrical burst. But when officers approached, Probert fought back to his feet. Tolbert gave him “several more touch stun shots,” and finally officers were able to cuff him.

    At the lockup, police tried to treat Probert for a cut beside his right eye. But Probert wouldn’t permit it. He said, according to one report, “that he’d been cut plenty of times in his life and did not need to be tended to.”
     
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    When I heard about this, I thought that Bob had gone from cocaine to PCP. He sure presents like someone on it.
     
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    QueenCityHillbilly Bitch, I Will Kill You

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    This is my favorite part of the story, still thinking like a hockey player.
     
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    Dear Bob,

    How much time did you get for this arrest?

    Sincerely,
    Paul







    Dear Paul,

    Which arrest?

    Bob
     
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    Thanks for the info! I'm interested in the history of the players.
     
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    canesin4 Please call me Clit

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