Pens’ Pouliot cited for public drunkenness
WILKES-BARRE — Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot has been cited for public drunkenness.
Wilkes-Barre City police cited Pouliot early Sunday morning, according to a police report. Officers responded to a verbal dispute between Pouliot and a taxi driver about an unpaid fare at 1:10 a.m. at Hazle and Gilligan streets and found the 21-year-old defenseman to be intoxicated, police said. Pouliot was taken to the police station and issued a non-traffic citation. He was released to a sober adult, according to the report.
Pouliot could not be reached for comment. Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan referred comment to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins CEO Jeff Barrett.
“We’re aware of the situation. It’s an unfortunate circumstance,” Barrett said. “We will not comment further until we have full knowledge of all the details.”
Pouliot did not play in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s game against the St. John’s Ice Caps on Wednesday night.
Baby Pens coach Mike Sullivan said earlier Wednesday that Pouliot would be held out because of a bruise suffered in practice the day before.
“I can’t give any details about punishment until all the facts have surfaced,” Barrett said.
Wilkes-Barre police Lt. Joseph Novak said people ages 21 and older who are cited with public drunkenness typically face a fine and are not required to appear in court. He did not elaborate on how much that fine would be.