Riley Sheahan pleads guilty

Updated: December 13, 2012, 1:41 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Detroit Red Wings prospect has pleaded guilty to drunken driving following his arrest in a Teletubby costume in western Michigan.

The 61st District Court says Riley Sheahan pleaded guilty Thursday to operating a car with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or higher. He was placed on probation for a year and sentenced to 49 hours on a work crew.

Sheahan, who plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins, was wearing the costume of the purple Teletubby named Tinky Winky when he was arrested in Grand Rapids on Oct. 29. Police at the time said he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30, well over the legal limit.

The 21-year-old Sheahan was 20 at the time of the arrest.

According to the police report, Sheahan told police he was was carrying the driver's license of fellow Wings prospect Brendan Smith so he could get into bars. Smith, 23, was the Red Wings' first-round pick in 2007.

The police report didn't say how Sheahan got possession of Smith's identification.

Sheahan also was arrested on alcohol-related charges in 2010 (public intoxication, consumption by a minor) when he was a freshman at Notre Dame.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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