Lutai charged after Skate America
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Police said Russian figure skater Andrei Lutai stole a car and drove it while drunk after finishing 10th overall in the Skate America competition in Lake Placid.
Police said the car was stolen from a service station lot late Sunday night. A garage employee followed the car and called police.
Sgt. Carol Hayes said officers pulled over the 23-year-old Lutai, of St. Petersburg, a few minutes later.
Police have charged Lutai with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
He is being held in the Essex County Jail on $100,000 cash bail. Brian Barrett, Lutai's lawyer, says he has "serious doubts" about the DWI and theft charges, but he wouldn't go into specifics.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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