Watch: Brampton-born Canadian international Cyle Larin facing DUI charges in Orlando, Florida
This June 15, 2017 photo made available by the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows Cyle Larin. The Florida Highway Patrol says the 22-year-old Larin was arrested early Thursday, after driving the wrong way on an Orlando street.(Orange County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Major League Soccer side Orlando City could be without Canadian forward Cyle Larin for an extended period.
The Brampton, Ont.-born 22-year-old was busted for DUI early Thursday morning after police say he blew a .179 and .182 in consecutive breathalizer tests.
A Florida Highway Patrol report alleges Larin was proceeding the wrong way on an avenue north of downtown Orlando when cops pulled him over.
The FHP added that an oncoming car “averted” hitting Larin’s Cadillac head-on by slowing down and stopping short of his vehicle.
When approached by cops, Larin told an officer he didn’t know he was traveling on the wrong side of the road and is from Canada.
He said he was driving home a female passenger after attending a downtown nighclub.
Police dashcam video obtained by the Orlando Sentinel shows Larin struggling to complete field sobriety tests while admitting he had “two or three” vodka-Red Bulls. He was placed under arrest and booked into Orange County Jail.
In a statement released on Orlando CIty’s team website, MLS confirmed Larin will be assessed by doctors working with the league’s substance abuse program.
“Larin will not be eligible to participate in any competition or team activity, until that assessment is complete, he is cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors, and Major League Soccer completes its investigation,” the statement read
Orlando City said it’s “disappointed” in Larin’s actions and isn’t taking the situation lightly.
“We are working with local authorities, Major League Soccer and Cyle to take appropriate action in line with league protocol,” the club said.
Larin most recently appeared for Canada’s men’s national team in a 2-1 win over Curacao Tuesday night in Montreal and is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in Major League Soccer.
He didn’t appear Wednesday night for Orlando City in its US Open Cup loss to Miami FC.
Larin has eight goals and one assist through 15 MLS games this season.
His 39 goals through 68 career MLS starts have attracted interest from clubs in Europe.
It’s unclear if Larin will be available to play when Toronto FC visits Central Florida in early July.