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Atlanta outfielder Gilkey could face 5 years in prison

August 1, 2001

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— Atlanta Braves outfielder Bernard Gilkey could face up to five years in prison if convicted in the latest drunken driving case against him.

Gilkey was arrested Sunday night as the Braves arrived at the St. Louis airport for a series against the Cardinals. He was released the next day on a $10,000 bond and a preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 31.

Gilkey was in uniform Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, but didn't want to discuss it.

"Can we talk about baseball?" Gilkey said. "I just want to come here and play well, continue to play well, and not let anything affect me."

Manager Bobby Cox said Gilkey believed the matter had been resolved before the team got to St. Louis. Cox said Gilkey would start Wednesday, either in left field or right field.

"It caught him by surprise," Cox said. "He thought it was all taken care of by his lawyers. It wasn't."

General manager John Schuerholz said the team doesn't plan to take any action against Gilkey.

"He's been released on bail. He has a court date later in the fall," Schuerholz said. "Until the legal process plays out fully, I don't know if it will have an impact on our team."

Gilkey was originally arrested on the charge in April, his third DWI arrest in seven months.

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