Riley Sheahan is a 20-year old Red Wings prospect currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. On October 29th he was pulled over in scary, dangerous condition. Here’s what you need to know:
* He was going the wrong way on a one-way street in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. That’ll get you pulled over pretty consistently.
* He failed two sobriety tests before refusing to blow into the breathalyzer.
* He was wearing a purple Teletubby costume. …Stay with me here.
* The officers thought they pulled over his teammate Brendan Smith because they were shown Smith’s ID, which Sheahan later admitted he carries to get into bars. As in, he must have given that one to them by mistake.
* He agreed to be breathalyzed at the police station, where they charged him with “super-drunk” driving, as his blood alcohol level was .30. The legal limit is 0.08, and the baseline for a “super-drunk” charge is 0.17.
He pleaded not guilty(?), and has his next hearing December 13th, where he’ll be facing up to 180 days in jail, and possible deportation, given that he’s not an American citizen.
Sooo, yeah: maybe that was more of a cab night. (Who wears a Teletubby costume out thinking “I’m sure I’ll be good to drive home, I’ll take the vehicle there.”)
As pointed out by MLive.com (linked below), the Red Wings top pick in the draft was also charged with public intoxication and minor alcohol consumption in 2010 during his first year at Notre Dame.
I’ll refrain from too many snide asides here, given the danger he put himself and others in, but you can’t help but cock your head to the side here and wonder what kind of night that was: wrong way, “super-drunk,” purple Teletubby digs, wrong ID…geezus. Pull it together, man.