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Bell arrested for DUI
Labor Day collision lands wing in the pokey
9/5/06 - By Mike Lee

When the Sharks acquired right wing Mark Bell from the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, they hoped he would make an immediate impact. Bell may have taken things a bit out of context over the weekend, when he was involved in an automobile accident which left the recipient of rear-end collision with "cuts & bruises." Bell was arrested over the weekend, but the details are still unclear.

NBC11 reported that Bell was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and causing a collision. There are also reports that Bell was charged with felony hit-and-run, but Bell was allegedly picked up by police sitting on the curb not far from the accident.

Sharks President Greg Jamison released the following statement on the team's website:

"We are aware of the incident, and it's not one that our organization takes lightly. Mark is an excellent young man who was just last season selected as 'Man of the Year' for being 'the player most heavily involved in the community' by his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Our organization has always believed in accountability and responsibility for your actions. We are in the process of finding out the details of the situation and will treat this as an internal matter moving forward."

The Sharks signed the 26 year-old forward to a three-year, $6.5 million contract in July after acquiring him in a trade that sent Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy to the Blackhawks.

Jail spokesman Mark Cursi said Bell was released on a $35,000 bond later Monday. Bell's attorney, Ken Robinson, said his client is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18, three days after the Sharks open training camp. Robinson plans to discuss the case with the district attorney's office this week.

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