Grand Rapids, MI — A wrong-way driver wearing a Teletubby costume who was pulled over by police and allegedly failed two field sobriety tests turned out to be Riley Sheahan, the Detroit Red Wings top draft pick in 2010.
Sheahan, dressed as the purple Tinky Winky when he was stopped, registered a blood-alcohol content of .30 at Kent County Jail according to the MLive website , and as such, was charged under Michigan’s new “super drunk” DUI law. The incident occurred at about midnight on October 29 but the arrest report has just surfaced.
If convicted under the Michigan drunk driving statute, Sheahan could receive a six-month jail sentence and deportation back to Canada. The super drunk law applies to those who blow a .17 or higher. The legal limit in Michigan and most states is .08.
ESPN reports that Sheahan, 20, also faces a charge of providing false information to police “as he was carrying the [Michigan] driver’s license of fellow Wings prospect Brendan Smith when he was arrested.” Sheahan reportedly admitted to police that he used Smith’s ID to get into bars. Smith is 23 and the team’s 2007 first-round pick.
Sheahan, a Notre Dame star who currently plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins minor league hockey team, pleaded not guilty in Grand Rapids District Court and is due back before the judge on December 13.
Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill said of the Riley Shehean alleged DUI, “He’s getting help right now and will continue to get help.”
Sheahan, a center, played in one game so far with Red Wings so far when he was called up on April 7, 2012.