Ryan Malone pleads no contest to DUI charge

Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning signs autographs as he arrives for the team's home opening...

Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning signs autographs as he arrives for the team's home opening game against the Florida Panthers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on October 10, 2013. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images/AFP)

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Out-of-work NHLer Ryan Malone pleaded no contest to a DUI charge on Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Malone, who the Tampa Bay Lightning bought out in late June, also agreed to a pretrial diversion program relating to a felony cocaine possession charge, the newspaper reported. If he completes the program, the possession charge will be dismissed.

Included in Malone’s punishment is a six-month suspension of his driver’s license as well as 50 hours of community service.

The DUI and possession charges stem from a messy April night where Malone struck a curb while driving. Although he refused a field sobriety test at first, Malone’s blood alcohol level was eventually determined to be 0.112. The legal limit is 0.08.

According to court documents, Malone told authorities he was “baffled” that 1.3 grams of cocaine was found in his pocket, the Times reported in early August.

Malone has recorded 370 points in 641 career NHL regular-season games split between the Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently an unrestricted free agent. ​


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