A recent traffic stop in Tampa resulted in the arrest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team’s left wing, Ryan Malone. Florida police officers pulled Malone over for driving erratically, and they say he was ultimately tested for DUI. He was eventually arrested for driving under the influence as well as for possession of cocaine.
Early in the morning, a Tampa Police Lieutenant reportedly spotted Malone driving erratically. Malone allegedly hit a curb while attempting to make a left turn from the center lane. The officer decided to pull him over. When the officer asked Malone to step out of his SUV, the officer claimed to have smelled alcohol on the hockey player’s breath.
Malone allegedly had 1.3 grams of cocaine in his pocket, and police say he initially refused to perform any field sobriety tests. While in custody at the Hillsborough County Jail, a Breathalyzer test was administered, and Malone’s reported blood alcohol levels were between .112 and .116 percent. He was released on a $2,500 bond, but his car was impounded. Since he was arrested, he will have to be evaluated by NHL doctors, and the evaluation will determine any required treatments. His playing status is also in jeopardy and will ultimately be determined in accordance with the specially designated substance abuse program, established pursuant to the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players’ Association.
Just like any other individual facing Florida criminal charges, Malone is fully entitled to the presumption of innocence before the court. Nevertheless, he will need to carefully focus on the specifics of the DUI and drug charges. He will clearly benefit from learning about his legal rights and what options may be available to him to potentially resolve this accusations in a favorable manner.
Source: wistv.com, “Lightning LW Malone arrested after traffic stop“, , April 12, 2014