Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ryan Malone was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of cocaine possession and driving under the influence.
A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office incident report indicates that Malone was arrested at 3:23 a.m. near Platt Street West and Rome Avenue South in Tampa.
Tampa police claim Malone was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban when he made a left turn on to W Platt Street from the center lane of S Armenia Avenue and struck a curb at S Howard Avenue and W Platt Street.
A patrol officer conducted a traffic stop and allegedly detected an odor of alcohol on Malone’s breath.
Malone apparently refused to take a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence.
Malone was searched following his arrest. Police claim they uncovered 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone’s right back pocket.
Malone allegedly submitted to a breath test at booking. According to police, his results showed a blood alcohol content of .112 and .116.
Malone was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine, and his Suburban was impounded.
His bail was set at $2,500 – $2,000 for the cocaine possession charge and $500 for the DUI charge.
He was booked into jail at 5:40 a.m. and was released on bond at 9:56 a.m.
The 34-year-old will not travel with the Lightning to their regular-season finale against the Washington Capitals, which will be played Sunday at the Verizon Center.
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