Raise your hand if you've had enough alcohol to drown a Teletubby - Bruce Bennett
Red Wings prospect faces severe penalties for horrible decision-making
Back on October 29th, Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested after being pulled over for driving his Jeep the wrong way down a street in Grand Rapids. At the time, what was known is that Sheahan was "Super Drunk", a term used to describe a person with more than 0.17 BAC, or more than twice the legal 0.08 limit for intoxication.
Today, MLive has released additional details of the arrest, and things only get better from here.
MLive's Peter Wallner:
GRAND RAPIDS – Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan had a blood-alcohol content of .30 – nearly four times the legal limit and nearly double the threshold for the "super-drunk’ charge he faces following his arrest in late October by Grand Rapids Police.
Sheahan, 20, who plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins, also was charged with providing false information. He was carrying the Michigan driver’s license of Brendan Smith when he was pulled over by police on Ottawa Avenue NW in downtown Grand Rapids.
This is the second arrest for Sheahan, who was also hit with alcohol-related charges in 2010 as a Freshman at Notre Dame. Under Michigan law, he could face up to 180 days in jail for the intoxication charge, as well as additional punishment for the false information charge. As a non-citizen, Sheahan could face deportation over this.
What's additionally troubling is that the 20-year old Sheahan was able to obtain the booze needed to get twice as wasted as Michigan law says is way too wasted using a teammate's license. The responsibility of those serving Sheahan to make sure that the 6'2", 210lb 20-year old athlete standing in front of them looked enough like the 6'1" 200lb 23-year old athlete in the picture is definitely a consideration, but I'm more worried about how Sheahan got Brendan Smith's license.
While nobody has released any information specifically about that, there's generally only two ways for this to have happened: either Sheahan stole Brendan Smith's license with the intent to use it to buy alcohol or Brendan Smith voluntarily provided Sheahan with his license. Either one of these is possible and both scenarios are bad.
If the second part is true, and Brendan Smith (who has his own history of alcohol-related legal trouble) willingly provided Sheahan with the means to drink underage and to eventually get behind the wheel of his Jeep at a level of intoxication which can come with such fun side-effects as "impaired breathing" and "irregular heart rate", "unconsciousness", and "possible death", then we're looking at two Red Wings prospects who should be facing legal trouble instead of one.
Put simply, if Brendan Smith isn't claiming his license was stolen (yet another crime for Sheahan), then he should be charged with contributing to Sheahan's troublemaking.
Listen, I know that this is just some youthful indiscretion rearing its ugly head and it's something that young men are expected to grow out of, but part of growing out of it is realizing that the consequences of things like this are too serious to keep putting lives at risk over.