Detroit Red Wings prospect arrested for being ‘super drunk’ was dressed as a Teletubby

Laura Byrne Contributor
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Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan has been charged for being “super-drunk” for driving with a blood-alcohol content of .30, reports.

What was he wearing at the arrest? A purple Teletubby costume, of course.

Sheahan plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins and is a Detroit Red Wings prospect.

Despite the Tinky Winky costume, police were unsympathetic after watching the hockey player drive the wrong way down the street last month. Not to mention his blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit.

The hockey center also handed over someone else’s identification to the police. He gave fellow Griffin’s teammate Brendan Smith’s Michigan driver license instead of his own, and police thought they were arresting Smith at the time, until realizing later it was Sheahan.

According to the police report reported 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.'”

Sheahan failed two sobriety tests at the scene but declined a breathalyzer test. He was taken to Kent Country Jail where he finally took the breath test and blew .30, twice.

Because of his high blood-alcohol content, he was transported to Saint Mary’s health care first before he could be taken back to jail.

Sheahan pleaded not guilty at his hearing earlier this month. His next hearing is Dec. 13. He has a “super-drunk” charge for driving with a blood-alcohol content of .17 or higher. If Sheahan is found guilty, the Canadian could be deported and spend 180 days in jail.

This is also not the first time Sheahan has been arrested for alcohol-related charges. The hockey player was arrested and charged with public intoxication and minor alcohol consumption in 2010.

Sheahan was the Red Wings first pick in the 2010 NHL draft.

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