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Ex-Leaf Costello busted in burger joint brawl

Handcuffs are shown while on display in this file photo. (JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY)

Handcuffs are shown while on display in this file photo. (JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:37 PM ET

TORONTO - Rich Costello, one of the players the Maple Leafs received in the controversial trade of captain Darryl Sittler in 1982, was arrested last week on suspicion of assault in Southern California.

Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz told the Los Angeles Times that Costello and fellow ex-NHLer Jean-Francois Jomphe were picked up after an incident at a Jack In The Box fast food drive-through on Dec. 21. According to the police report, a 20-year-old male driver and a group of young friends in a VW Jetta were cut off in the line by a cab, with two passengers.

Angered by a hand gesture the VW driver made, Jomphe allegedly approached the Jetta and shattered the rear window, with glass shards cutting a male passenger in the back seat. The report says Costello tried to restrain Jomphe, but after a 44-year-old male bystander tried to get the two older men back in the cab, Costello allegedly tried to punch and kick him.


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