Sheahan, 20, was arrested October 29 in Grand Rapids and charged with "driving with a high blood-alcohol content, above .17, and giving false information," Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Allen Noles told The Detroit Free Press's Helene St. James. Sheahan pleaded not guilty to both charges November 6 in a Grand Rapids district court. He faces up to 180 days in jail if convicted.
The false information charge is described as providing a false name, false date of birth, or presenting oneself as someone else (an example of this is providing a fake driver's license). Noles did not specify what Sheahan did to violate that law.
"I'm aware that Riley was charged with a DUI," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "We're handling it internally. He sat out a game. We've talked to him. We're aware of what's happened."
"We're gathering information internally and making decisions on what we can do to help him, if he needs help. Beyond that, I can't really comment. He's going through the court system, the legal system. Obviously, Riley made a very poor decision."
Holland went on to say that Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill had all spoken to Sheahan.
Sheahan was also arrested for public intoxication in South Bend, Indiana during his freshman year at Notre Dame in 2010. He turned pro this past spring, and joined the Griffins.
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