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Ryan O’Reilly charged with impaired driving near London, Ontario

From London, Ontario's AM 980:

Less than two weeks after signing a seven year contract extension worth $52.5-million, Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O’Reilly has been charged with impaired driving after a pickup truck collided with a Tim Hortons in Lucan, Ont.

OPP 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 travelling by foot with another, unnamed, male occupant.

The vehicle was located on Harold Court, while both occupants were found on Main Street.

Police determined that the the driver had been drinking alcohol. He was arrested, transported to an OPP detachment for breath testing, then released on a promise to appear.

“We’re very concerned about the number of impaired drivers out there,” said OPP Constable Liz Melvin. “We encourage everyone to make alternative arrangements and not choose to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system.”

O’Reilly will appear in court in London, Ont. to answer to the charges on August 20. O’Reilly posted an image of a green, 1951 Chevrolet truck on his Instagram account in May. He captioned the photo “Got my new truck.”

Calls for comment to the Buffalo Sabres and Newport Sports, O’Reilly’s agency, were not returned.

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Alan's avatar

Never fear. His fat new bonuses-filled contract will pay for it.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/13/15 at 07:59 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

I was just in Canada last week and I kept saying you can’t throw a pickup truck in this place without hitting a Tim Hortons.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/13/15 at 08:02 PM ET


Well, that didn’t take long…

Posted by icehound on 07/13/15 at 10:29 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Normally it’s just “up to 6 months”, but since he hit a Timmy’s, he could face up to 5 years.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 07/13/15 at 10:44 PM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 07/14/15 at 12:17 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Horton always was tough as bricks.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/14/15 at 03:04 AM ET

Paul's avatar

via Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Under Canada’s Highway Traffic Act, O’Reilly faces penalties for leaving the scene that could include a maximum of six months in jail, a fine of between $400 and $2,000, seven demerit points on his license and a suspended license for up to two years.

O’Reilly’s blood alcohol reading was over 80 mg, equivalent to .08 in the United States, thus meaning he is subject to an immediate 90-day suspension of his license. If convicted, he faces a fine of $1,000 & license ban of 1 year.

“We are aware of the reports regarding the incident involving Ryan O’Reilly last week,” Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said in a statement issued by the team late Monday night. “We are currently in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment until we have spoken with all parties involved.”

The statement did not make it clear if the team just found out about the arrest on Monday or if Murray was aware of the situation during the team’s development camp that wrapped up Sunday in First Niagara Center. O’Reilly’s agent, Pat Morris, did not respond to text messages seeking comment.

A night supervisor who answered the phone at the Tim Hortons said she had been instructed not to discuss the incident, which saw damage done to the glass entrance area of the cafe. She referred The News to corporate offices in Oakville, Ont., which were closed for the day.

The police report does not indicate who was in the car with O’Reilly. His older brother, Cal, signed a two-year, $1.4 million free-agent deal with the Sabres earlier this month and is expected to be a key player this season for the Rochester Amerks.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/14/15 at 06:42 AM ET

MNWing's avatar

To be fair, that building came out of nowhere….

Posted by MNWing on 07/14/15 at 07:36 AM ET


As soon as I saw the headline I thought I would read that Buffalo immediately terminated his contract.

Posted by BobTheZee on 07/14/15 at 07:28 PM ET

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