Gibson allegedly hit cyclist before crashing into pump
Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson has been charged with drink-driving after allegedly knocking down a cyclist and crashing into a petrol pump near his UK home.
The 27-year-old former Man United midfielder was arrested at the petrol station after failing a breath alcohol test.
He had been driving his new Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo, reportedly worth €180,000, last Sunday morning when the alleged incidents occurred at around 9.45am.
It is claimed the Everton star struck the cyclist near the footballer’s home in Altrincham, south Manchester.
He is then said to have driven away from the scene before pulling into a nearby petrol station where he reportedly crashed into a set of pumps.
Police were called and the footballer, who is paid €70,000-a-week, was arrested after failing the breath test.
Local reports say the cyclist received minor injuries in the alleged incident less than a mile from Gibson’s €2.8m home in Altrincham.
Gibson was then held in police custody for several hours before being charged.
A statement from Greater Manchester Police to the Herald confirmed that Gibson has been charged with driving without due care and attention, driving with excess
alcohol and failing to stop after a collision.
“This is in relation to an incident on Sunday August 16 where police were called to reports that a car had collided with a cyclist and failed to stop before pulling into a petrol station nearby and colliding with a pump,” a statement said.
Gibson was bailed to appear at Trafford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, September 1.