Tampa Bay Lightning's Ryan Malone charged with DUI, possession of cocaine
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) stretches before an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., on Feb. 4, 2014. (AP/Ann Heisenfelt)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:03PM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said.
An officer saw Malone's SUV strike a curb after making a left turn from the centre lane early Saturday, said Tampa Police Lt. Paul Lusczynski.
After being pulled over, Malone got out of his vehicle, and the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Lusczynski said.
According to the police report, the officer also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone's pockets.
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 per cent, Lusczynski said. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on $2,500 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney. Police impounded Malone's SUV.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Malone would not travel with the team for Tampa Bay's final regular season game Sunday against the Washington Capitals. He declined further comment.
The Lightning are set to meet Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.