Lightning player Ryan Malone arrested

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested overnight on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession.

Tampa Police say they saw a Chevy Suburban driven by Malone traveling on South Armenia Avenue around 3:15 a.m. The vehicle reportedly made a left-hand turn onto Platt Street from the center lane, and then struck a curb at South Howard Avenue and West Platt Street.

An officer pulled the vehicle over and reportedly smelled alcohol on Malone's breath after he exited the Suburban.

Police say Malone refused a field sobriety test and was subsequently arrested for DUI. As he was being searched, police say they discovered 1.3 grams of cocaine in Malone's rear pocket.

He was taken to jail and charged with DUI and cocaine possession. While in custody, Malone allegedly submitted a breath test, giving blood alcohol levels of .112 and .116. Florida law considers a driver impaired at .08.

Malone was released from the Hillsborough County jail on $2,500 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney. His vehicle was impounded.

Malone has played for the Lightning since 2008, and was named to the U.S. Men's Hockey Team in the 2010 Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal at the Vancouver Games.

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.

The Lightning will meet Montreal in the first round of the playoffs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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