Detroit Red Wings Prospect Riley Sheahan Pleads Guilty To Drunken Driving

By Jonathan Katje


Red Wing Riley Sheahan
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Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan pleaded guilty today to a ‘superdrunk’ driving charge stemming from an October arrest in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. which found the current Grand Rapids Griffin driving the wrong way on a one-way street with a BAC of .30.

As a result of the plea, two other charges – providing false information and wrong-way driving, were dismissed. Sheahan first showed officers the driver’s license of teammate Brendan Smith, which was in his possession. reported today that as part of his plea, Sheahan will pay a fine of $1,325, complete 49 hours on a work crew, serve 12 months of probation and attend a victim impact class. The young center from St. Catharines, Ont. turned 21 on Dec. 7, less than a month after videos of his arrest featuring him dressed as a purple teletubby had made the rounds on national and international media.

Today’s outcome means Sheahan will be able to continue to play for the Griffins, but will likely be unable to drive. A guilty plea to a ‘superdrunk’ charge in Michigan requires a one-year suspension of license, although a breathalyzer ignition lock can be used after 45 days, installed and paid for by the owner.

Through 20 games with the Griffins, Sheahan has four goals and eight points. He was the Red Wings first round pick in the 2010 draft and enjoyed a successful three-year run at Notre Dame before turning pro with Grand Rapids following the end of his junior season. He also appeared in one NHL game for the Red Wings. The Griffins host the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues) Friday night.

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