Newly acquired Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly has been charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene following an incident at a Tim Horton’s restaurant, according to Ontario’s AM 980 Radio.
OPP [Ontario Provincial Police] announced Monday that O’Reilly, 24, from Bluewater, Ont., had been charged with driving a motor vehicle while ability impaired (alcohol) and care or control over 80 mgs.
He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failing to remain at the scene.
According to Middlesex County OPP, a green Chevrolet pickup struck struck a commercial building on Richmond St. last Thursday morning (July 9) just after 4:00am. An employee of the Lucan Tim Hortons confirmed to AM980 that there had been a motor vehicle incident, but was unaware of the driver’s identity.
After the collision, police say a suspect drove the vehicle southbound on Saintsbury Line, before abandoning it and traveling by foot with another, unnamed, male occupant.
The OPP report says the individuals were later found, with police determining the driver had been drinking alcohol.
The Buffalo News has also since reported the incident.
Two weeks ago, O’Reilly signed a seven-year, $52.5 million deal with the Sabres, after he was acquired from Colorado at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. O’Reilly’s Twitter account appears to be have been deactivated; in a screengrab obtained by News 980, O’Reilly posted an image of a green 1951 Chevrolet truck back in May with the caption “Got my new truck.”
Update: On what appears to be O’Reilly’s Instagram account, the same image appears (Note: PHT has blanked out the comments due to profanity.)
O’Reilly is slated to appear in a London, Ont. court on Aug. 20 to answer charges.
PHT has reached out to the NHL and NHLPA for comment.
UPDATE: The Sabres have released the following statement…
“We are aware of the reports regarding the incident involving Ryan O’Reilly last week. We are currently in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment until we have spoken with all the parties involved.”