Saturday morning saw Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone arrested for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine.
According to news reports Malone, 34, was arrested at 5:40 a.m. ET in Tampa and was released on $2,500 bond, according to an arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Jail records didn’t show whether he had an attorney.
ESPN.com reported that Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski says Malone’s breath smelled like alcohol when he was stopped by an officer early Saturday. According to a police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone’s pockets.
Lusczynski says Malone refused to take field sobriety tests, but a breath test given at the jail recorded blood alcohol levels of 0.112 and 0.116 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
“We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning,” Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said in the statement. “Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time.”
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone:
“We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”
The Lightning are getting ready to face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs starting next week.