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New Details of Riley Sheahan’s Arrest Emerge in Police Report

November 27th, 2012 at 11:29 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Grand Rapids Police have released the arrest report from the night that Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested, per MLive's Peter J. Wallner.

The 20-year old Grand Rapids Griffins forward was arrested October 29 in Grand Rapids and charged with "super-drunk" driving and providing false information. His arrest came one night after he had played a game in Chicago with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

According to the police report, Sheahan was dressed as the purple Teletubby when he was pulled over for driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler the wrong way on Ottawa Avenue NW near Pearl Street in downtown Grand Rapids. He had the Michigan Driver's License of teammate Brendan Smith with him, along with his Canadian license.

Police thought they had arrested Smith before learning it was really Sheahan.

The following is an excerpt from the report:

“Riley had a Michigan driver’s license in the license window in his wallet, which is what Officer Dyer used as his ID. Deputies found Riley’s Canadian license in the wallet after it was turned in with his property and he kept telling them his name was Riley.

“Riley is only 20 and I asked him if he had Brendan's ID so he could get in the bars. He shook his head yes and stated ‘yea.’“

The report does not indicate how he obtained Smith's license.

After he was pulled over, Sheahan failed two sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer test. He was then arrested and taken to Kent County Jail, where he agreed to a breath test. Sheahan blew a .30, which is more than four times the legal limit, and nearly double the threshold of the "super-drunk" charge.

Because of his blood-alcohol content being so high, Sheahan was taken to Saint Mary's Health Care for treatment before he was returned to jail.

Sheahan pleaded not guilty to both the super-drunk and false information charges at his arraignment November 6 in a Grand Rapids District Court. He has a hearing scheduled for December 13. If convicted, he faces up to 180 days in jail along with deportation because he is not a United States citizen.

This is not Sheahan's first run-in with the law. He was arrested in South Bend, Indiana in 2010 during his freshman year at Notre Dame and charged with public intoxication and minor alcohol consumption.

The Griffins have said that Sheahan will not be available for comment and that they are handling the matter internally along with the Red Wings front office. Sheahan did not play in a game in San Antonio November 2, which was the next game after he was arrested.

Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said that Sheahan is "getting help right now and will continue to get help."

Details of the arrest were released to MLive through the Freedom of Information Act.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hockey, Jim Nill, NHL, Riley Sheahan

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