New Details Emerge From Red Wings Prospect Riley Sheahan's DUI Arrest

By Jonathan Katje
Red Wings Bench
Rick Osentoski – US Presswire

New details emerged this week concerning the October arrest of Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan. The 2010 first-round pick and former Notre Dame standout was pulled over while driving the wrong way on a one-way street in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. on Oct. 26.

Sheahan, currently playing in the AHL for the Grand Rapids Griffins, has three goals and five points in 15 games. He saw one game of NHL action for the Wings last season. Peter Wallner of was able to obtain the police report through a Freedom of Information Act request and it yielded several new pieces of information.

Charged under Michigan’s “super drunk” law, Sheahan had a BAC of .3, which is more than three times the legal limit. The 20-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont. was also cited for providing false information and the report detailed that he was in possession of fellow Wings prospect Brendan Smith’s driver’s license. The super drunk charge can carry up to a 180-day jail sentence and the false information charge could render additional consequences. He pleaded not guilty at his first hearing and the next one is set for Dec. 13.

The most interesting information provided in the police report was that Sheahan was wearing a purple Teletubby costume at the time of arrest and pictures of he and Griffins teammate Trevor Parkes in costume have been surfacing on Tumblr and hockey blogs. The team’s only comments so far have been that the situation has been dealt with internally (Sheahan sat out the Griffins’ game following the incident) and that Sheahan is “getting help and will continue to get help,” according to assistant GM Jim Nill.

The young center had a previous alcohol-related charge during his time at Notre Dame.

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