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Red Wings prospect arrested for “super-drunk” driving was using teammate’s ID, wearing purple Teletubby costume

Nov 27, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

Riley Sheahan

Riley Sheahan might have a tough time living this one down.

The Detroit prospect — a first-round pick in 2010 — was caught using a fellow Detroit prospect’s ID while wearing a purple Teletubby costume upon being arrested for “super-drunk” driving in Grand Rapids on Oct. 29.

Sheahan, 20, was reportedly using Brendan Smith‘s drivers license (Detroit’s first-round pick in 2007, who is 23).

He was driving the wrong way down a street upon being pulled over, and authorities initially believed they’d arrested Smith until learning of Sheahan’s identity later in the evening.

As for the outfit, one can only hope it was for a Halloween party.

Here are the details from the police report, obtained by

“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 Branden’s (sic) ID so he could get in the bars. He shook his head yes and stated ‘yea.’“

The report also states Sheahan failed two sobriety tasks and refused to take a breath test. The test was later administered at the Kent County Jail, where he blew .30 twice. He was charged under Michigan’s new “super drunk” distinction of driving with a BAC of .17 or higher.

Afterward, Sheahan was sent to a local hospital — where he had to be cleared because of his high blood-alcohol content — before being taken back to jail.

Sheahan has pled not guilty to the super-drunk charge. If convicted, he could face up to 180 days in jail and possibly face deportation, given he’s not a U.S. citizen.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    funnier or as funny as the Guy Serota bio from yesterday’s mediator post?

  2. hockeyknowledge - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Smith and the Red Wings are probably very upset.

  3. hockinj25 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    It amazes me that he was still conscious with a .30.

  4. stakex - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    I really hope thye throw his ass in jail for this, and that he never plays a game in the NHL. While it might be a bit funny because he was wearing a purple Teletubby costume… someone driving the wrong way down a street with a BAL of .30 is nothing to laugh at. Its amazing he didn’t kill anyone, and he should pay a very high price for his actions.

    • noisetheorem - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Considering he is only a prospect and not a proven talent, this will probably end all hope of him making the NHL. Not that there is currently an NHL to make…

  5. capsfan19 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM


    This just in, “zdeno chara arrested for kicking a local boston family’s dog in what has reported to be a big bird costume!”

  6. savior72 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Best NHL related story this year! Just glad he didn’t kill anyone. What’s with this “super drunk” law? Who came up with that? What’s next, Super Duper drunk?

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      I believe the next step up from super drunk is dead, since a .40 would put most people into a coma.

  7. Stiller43 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    BAC Effects and troubles

    0.01 — 0.06
    Sense of Well-being
    Loss of Inhibition
    Lowered Alertness
    Joyous Thought

    0.06 — 0.10 Blunted Feelings
    Impaired Sexual Pleasure Reflexes Impaired
    Depth Perception
    Distance Acuity
    Peripheral Vision
    Glare Recovery

    0.11 — 0.20 Over-Expression
    Emotional Swings
    Angry or Sad
    Boisterous Reaction Time
    Gross Motor Control
    Slurred Speech

    0.21 — 0.29 Stupor
    Lose Understanding
    Impaired Sensations Severe Motor Impairment
    Loss of Consciousness
    Memory Blackout

    0.30 — 0.39 Severe Depression
    Death Possible Bladder Function
    Heart Rate

    => 0.40 Unconsciousness
    Heart Rate

    Given that he wasnt tested until after the stop, he was likely somewhere in the mid to high .30’s. Good lord that kids lucky he’s alive.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Well here we go. I should have waited one post. With that level of alcohol this kid’s well on his way to early alcoholism. Not the sort of person you want to invest millions of dollars in, now is he?

      • hockinj25 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        I don’t think he is on his way to alcoholism. He is 20 years old. Kids that age tend to get slammed every now and then. I’m not saying what he did was right but not everyone that drinks turns into an alcoholic.

  8. id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Can someone explain to this grown man that he should not drive while intoxicated? He should know better now that he has been drafted by an NHL team. Right!

    • badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Hell, he was not able to train in any hockey riots in Montreal or Vancouver. So he had to improvise. Put that farm boy on his daddy’s tractor and let him drive it into a ditch full of wild boars. Either he grinds them up into sausages or they grind him up in to mince meat.Pass the cassoulet and Mounton-Rothchild 78 , please.

    • justicemsb - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Being drafted by the NHL doesn’t give you common sense.

  9. valoisvipers - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I am not an alcoholic! So what I like a little wine with my meals, now shut up and pass me the corn flakes.

  10. samurai3939 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Awesome. Just what hockey needs right now…

  11. schizowallflower - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Oh man, 180 days?! Does this mean he doesn’t get to play any hockey?

  12. justicemsb - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    He’ll be lucky if he gets to play in the ECHL after this one. If he gets deported, it won’t matter, since he wouldn’t be eligible to return to the States for quite some time, therefore, wouldn’t be eligible to play anywhere here.

  13. drunknbflo - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Id be willing to bet that mathew barnaby is one of this kids role models.

  14. bagjr387 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    With the stupid decision aside, I wanna party with a guy like that…..seriously!?!?!?! A teletubby costume?

  15. michiganhockey11 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    The best line was when the officer asked if there was anything that could prevent him from completing the sobriety test.

    His response?

    “I didn’t finish high school”

    Glad to know that Notre Dame admits students without high school diplomas…

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