Washington-Grizzly Champions Center

The Washington Foundation gifted the University of Montana $7 million for a planned $14 million Washington-Grizzly Champions Center. The state Board of Regents will discuss the proposal this week.

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One of the brothers of a family responsible for half the money for the University of Montana’s new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center has received a ban from driving in his home in Canada.

Kyle Washington, son of Dennis and Phyllis Washington and executive chairman of Washington Companies corporation Seaspan, was given a three-month driving ban after pleading guilty to a traffic violation.

In October, Kyle and his brother Kevin Washington announced a $7 million gift from the Washington Foundation to the UM Department of Athletics, half of the money required to pay for a new 46,000-square-foot facility at the football stadium that will include new locker rooms and a weight room. Kyle graduated from UM in 1996.

According to the North Shore News, Washington pleaded guilty on the charge of driving without due care and attention last week in provincial court. On Dec. 23 of last year, Washington had crashed his pickup into a wall while leaving the West Vancouver Yacht Club, then drove into a nearby ditch.

The news organization reported that a police officer said Washington was “stumbling all over the road” when he left the vehicle. Washington later blew breathalyzer blood alcohol readings of .110 and .100, over the legal limit of .08.

His defense attorney later argued that the incident had been a result of a reaction of a prescription sleeping pill.

According to the North Shore News, judge Doug Moss also imposed a fine of $2,000 on Washington.

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