Stoke City striker Saido Berahino is reported to have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving in London, allegedly telling police he was fleeing from a group of men who intended to steal his car.
Newspaper reports say the 25-year-old was apprehended at around 3am after police were called to an incident outside the VQ bar and restaurant in Bloomsbury.
According to the Sun, a vehicle driven by the player was stopped after speeding off, and he was taken into custody on suspicion of drink driving, where he informed police a gang had surrounded his car and attempted to steal his keys.
A statement from police on the incident reads: “On Monday, 18 February at around 03:00 hours police were called to a disturbance in Great Russell Street, WC1.
“When officers arrived on scene a car was seen to drive away at speed.
“The car was stopped by police in Bedford Square and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink drive.”
It's not the first time the former England youth international has been implicated in a drink-driving related controversy. While playing for West Brom in 2015, he was banned from driving for 12 months after being found guilty of a similar offence
There has been no confirmation as yet as to what sort of punishment, if any, he will face this time around.