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Canada star Cyle Larin arrested on DUI charge in Orlando

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The Orlando City striker is said to have narrowly avoided a head-on collision while driving in the wrong direction.

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Canada and Orlando City striker Cyle Larin was arrested on a DUI charge in Florida in the early hours of Thursday morning, police have confirmed.

Larin blew .179 and .182 on two sobriety tests, significantly above the legal driving limit of 0.08. He was stopped by police while driving in the wrong direction on Orange Ave, north of downtown Orlando, averting a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle a few feet away.

The 22-year-old was accompanied by a female and told the officer who attended his car that he was not familiar with the area. He admitted to having been to a nightclub but said that he had not had any alcoholic drinks despite his “bloodshot and glossy” eyes, slurred speech and an odour of alcohol on his person. While performing sobriety exercises out of his car, he later said he had drunk two or three ‘Vodka Red Bulls’.

The police report says that Larin was polite and cooperative both at his car and upon arriving at the breath test centre. He remained in jail pending the posting of a bond when news of his arrest emerged around 9am ET on Thursday.

Orlando City are expected to release a statement later today. The police report relating to Larin’s arrest is publicly available by searching for his name at this link.

Larin is one of the top strikers in MLS and has scored eight goals in 15 league games this season. He returned to Florida after playing for Canada’s senior men’s national team against Curacao on Tuesday night and had been expected to feature for Orlando against the Montreal Impact on Saturday night.

As per MLS policy, he is likely to serve a suspension as a result of the offence. There has been no official word yet on his status as far as Canada’s upcoming Gold Cup campaign is concerned.

NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated that Larin was arrested at around 5am on Thursday morning. It has since emerged the arrest occurred much earlier, at around 2.30am, with the 5am time relating to subsequent paperwork that was filed.