Everton footballer Darron Gibson, has been charged with drink driving in connection with an alleged hit and run collision with a cyclist.
The Premier League star and Republic of Ireland midfielder was detained on Sunday after officers from Greater Manchester Police responded to reports a cyclist had been hit by a car, which then struck a petrol station pump.
The 27-year-old is accused of driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after a road traffic collision.
He was driving a black Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo when it is claimed the collision with the bike occurred near his home in Altrincham, Cheshire.
The cyclist was unhurt, according to police reports.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “He has been bailed to appear at Trafford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 1 September.
“This is in relation to an incident on Sunday 16 August where police were called to reports that a car had collided with a cyclist on Park Road, Trafford, and failed to stop before pulling into a petrol station on nearby Dunham Road and colliding with a pump.”
Gibson started his career at Manchester United, before joining Everton for around £1m in 2012. He is currently recovering from a groin injury.
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