Yesterday morning in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 21 year old Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit (BAP of .17 or more to be precise according to Michigan’s “super drunk” DUI law).
The charges for driving the wrong way down a one way street and presenting false identification were thrown out and Sheahan will now have to face a pre-sentencing investigation, which will then be followed by the actual sentencing.
I know, another athlete got a DUI, no big news story there right? But Sheahan’s story is a bit more interesting than the average DUI.
According to USA Today, “Sheahan, who turned 21 earlier this month, was arrested Oct. 30 while driving in downtown Grand Rapids. He was dressed in a purple Teletubby costume for Halloween and was carrying the ID of Grand Rapids Griffins teammate Brendan Smith. Sheahan was charged under Michigan’s “super-drunk” DUI law because of his blood-alcohol content.”
Yes, if you haven’t heard this story you read that right. Sheahan was dressed a purple Teletubby (click the link for photos) while driving the wrong way down a one way, then gave a teammate’s ID to the police because at the time he wasn’t old enough to drink and he did all this while being “super-drunk”. I swear you really can’t make up more ridiculous stories than the truth sometimes.
Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident and Sheahan was stopped before he could do any damage to himself or others. While a funny and utterly ridiculous story lets not forget that drinking and driving is no laughing matter. Too many people are killed or injured every week by drunk drivers and every month I swear another athlete gets busted for a DUI. I understand these guys think they’re invincible but does that mean they can’t afford cabs?