Officer: Av told me he was Swedish teammate
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Worrell identified himself as another NHL player and former teammate when he was arrested last month on a traffic violation, according to a police report.
Worrell was driving an SUV owned by Andreas Lilja when he was pulled over Dec. 6 in Pompano Beach for driving with an expired tag, according to an arrest report from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Worrell, who is 6-foot-7 and black, repeatedly identified himself as Lilja, a 6-foot-3 Swede who is white, Deputy Lionel Davis wrote in his report.
"After asking the defendant several times his name, Worrell continued to deliberately falsify and obstruct my investigation," Davis wrote. The officer said he cleared up the misidentification when he found Worrell's passport in the SUV.
The two were teammates with the Florida Panthers in 2002-03.
Worrell was charged with driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors, the state attorney's office said. His attorney, Mitchell Polay, declined to comment Tuesday.
Worrell is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. He lives in Coral Springs, Fla.
Because of the NHL lockout, Lilja has yet to play for his latest team, the Nashville Predators.
Worrell has 19 goals and 27 assists in seven NHL season, but has racked up 1,554 penalty minutes.
He has also had other run-ins with the law. Twice he has been convicted of drunken driving. In June 2002, he was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief for kicking a police car's window. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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