July 15, 2014 10:45 am

Impaired driving charges dropped against Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas

Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas (17) drives against Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on April 5, 2014, in Milwaukee. Valanciunas will play in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, two days after being charged with drunk driving. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jeffrey Phelps


TORONTO – An impaired driving charge has been dropped against Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas after the crown deemed there was not a reasonable prospect of conviction, according to a media report.

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The 21-year-old Lithuanian was arrested April in Wasaga Beach, Ont., and charged with having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Police say they began investigating after a report that a vehicle went through a drive-thru with open beer bottles visible.

At the time, Valanciunas said in a release that he apologized to the organization, his teammates, family and fans, adding that he regretted “any negativity this incident has brought upon them.”

He went on to play in a Raptors regular season came two days after being charged.

With a file from The Canadian Press

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