Malone's court case expected to be finalized in coming weeks
Former Lightning wing Ryan Malone, facing charges of DUI and cocaine possession, had another disposition hearing continued on Monday in Tampa.
It appears both sides might be working out a plea deal, with a resolution in the case likely to come on the next court date, Aug. 19, or soon after. Malone, 34, who did not appear in court, is an unrestricted free agent after getting bought out by the Lightning June 25. With training camps coming up in mid-September, it'd be beneficial for Malone to have this legal issue out of the way if he hopes to land with another team.
Malone's court case stems from his April 11 arrest in Tampa. He was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban at 3:19 a.m. when he made a left turn onto W Platt Street from the center lane of S Armenia Avenue and struck a curb, a Tampa police report said.
An officer conducted a traffic stop and noted an odor of alcohol on Malone's breath. Malone refused a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence. A search revealed 1.3 grams of cocaine in his right back pocket, police said.
Malone submitted to a breath test at booking. His results were 0.112 and 0.116, police said. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent is the threshold at which Florida law presumes someone is unable to safely drive.