Tampa Bay Lightning’s playoff preparations received a good dose of distraction this past Saturday when veteran forward Ryan Malone was arrested by the Tampa Bay, Florida Police for driving drunk and possessing 1.3 grams of cocaine.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 12, 2014, Tampa Bay police officer Paul Lusczynski witnessed Ryan Malone make a left turn from the center lane and then strike a curb in his sport utility vehicle. The police officer pulled Malone over and asked him to exit the motor vehicle. The officer stated that he smelled alcohol on the breath of the 34 year-old veteran NHL forward. Malone refused field sobriety test and was taken to a police station. At the station, Malone submitted to Breathalyzer tests which registered a blood alcohol content of .112 and .116. This BAC is higher than the legal driving limit of .08 in Florida. The police officers also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone’s pocket.
Tampa Bay Police charged Malone with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance. Malone was released from jail on a bond of $2500.
Malone was vigorously defended over the drunk driving incident by his coach at Tampa Bay Lightning. The forward is now facing the NHL mandatory drug evaluation and may be suspended as a result.
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