NHL-er Busted Driving Drunk in Teletubby Costume

By McCarton Ackerman 11/28/12

Hockey player Riley Sheahan could face jail or deportation after he's pulled over hammered and bizarrely dressed.

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Riley Sheahan is going to have a lot of explaining to do at his next hockey practice. The Detroit Red Wings prospect was nabbed driving with a blood alcohol content of .30—nearly quadruple the legal limit. But it's his choice of outfit that's garnering the most attention. When he was pulled over for driving the wrong way, Grand Rapids cops reported him as being "super drunk," carrying teammate Brendan Smith's Michigan driver's license, and wearing a purple Teletubby costume. Smith wasn't at the scene of the crime, but the 23-year-old admitted he had been letting 20-year-old Sheahan use his ID to get into bars. The team's assistant general manager Jim Nill says Sheahan is "getting help right now and will continue to get help." The penalty under Michigan's new "super drunk" charge of driving with a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher is 180 days in jail; since Sheahan is Canadian, deportation is also a possibility. The Teletubby outfit has been identified as that of Tinky Winky.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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