July 15, 2014 1:29 pm

Drunk driving charges dropped against Raptors centre Valanciunas

Toronto Raptors forward Jonas Valanciunas, shoots while falling in front of Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee, during first half NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


TORONTO – Drinking and driving charges against Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas have been dropped.

Valanciunas was arrested in April in Wasaga Beach, Ont., and charged with having greater than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The arrest came just before the Raptors started a first-round playoff season against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Raptors confirmed Tuesday that the charges had been dropped.

Ontario Provincial Police made the arrest following a report that a vehicle went through a drive-thru with open beer bottles visible.

Police say officers located the vehicle at a home, where they arrested Valanciunas, alleging he was under the influence of alcohol while driving.

Valanciunas did not miss any game time in the playoffs despite the arrest. He averaged 10.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in seven games against the Nets.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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