February 5, 1997 in Sports

Baiul Draws $90 Fine, Community Service Time

Associated Press

Oksana Baiul, the Olympic champion figure skater who was injured in a 100-mph car wreck, escaped prosecution on a drunken driving charge Tuesday and was fined $90 for speeding.

Baiul was granted admission into an alcohol education program and ordered to perform 25 hours of community service. If she completes both, the drunken-driving charge will be dropped.

Baiul had also been charged with reckless driving in the single-car accident, but she pleaded no-contest to a reduced charge of traveling unreasonably fast.

“I don’t think you realize how serious this could have been,” Superior Court Judge Terence Sullivan said to Baiul. “You wouldn’t be standing here asking me for admittance to the alcohol education program. You’d be standing here asking me not to send you to prison.”

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