THE grand final preparations of West Coast’s high flying forward Liam Ryan have been disrupted by the news he faces a date before magistrate next month, after being charged with drink driving following a car crash in early July.
Police found Ryan in an Armadale park, not far from a damaged Toyota Rav4, soon after the 6am incident, following an argument with his partner.
Ryan had been due at a school holiday coaching clinic just three hours later and at a training session that afternoon.
Instead, he spent the morning with Eagles officials as the club sought to establish how he had been involved in what police described as a “minor” crash on Devonshire Terrace, Armadale.
Today it emerged Ryan has been formally charged by police, who had been waiting for the results of a blood test taken from the 21 year-old at the time.
He has been ordered to appear before a court in Armadale on October 9, to face an allegation of exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood.
The timing of the charge is hugely unfortunate, given Ryan is a key plank of the Eagles forward line heading into the grand final showdown against Collingwood on Saturday.