Police say Ryan O'Reilly crashed his truck into a restaurant and fled, two weeks after signing a seven-year, $52.5-million contract.
Newly acquired Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly was arrested and charged with driving a motor vehicle while ability impaired and leaving the scene of an accident following an incident at a restaurant restaurant in Canada last week.
Middlesex County Ontario Provincial Police say they were dispatched to the Lucan, Ont., coffee chain where a green Chevrolet pickup truck struck the building on Thursday morning.
O'Reilly and an unnamed passenger continued to drive the vehicle before abandoning it, according to police.
The two were later discovered walking along a nearby highway, where police determined they had been drinking alcohol.
O"Reilly was arrested and given an appearance ticket in court in London for August 20.
O'Reilly, 24, is two weeks removed from signing a seven-year, $52.5million contract with the Sabres, the richest in franchise history.
He was acquired in a June 26 trade with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Sabres are aware of the situation and issued a statement late on Monday.
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 parties involved," the team said.