Saido Berahino has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving – and allegedly told police he was fleeing from a gang trying to steal his car.
The Stoke striker, 25, was stopped by police in the early hours of Monday morning after speeding away from VQ restaurant in central London.
And, according to The Sun, he claimed he was trying to escape from a group of men who stole his watch outside the restaurant.
Cops were called to an incident at 3am outside VQ, where Berahino had spent the evening.
Upon arrival, they saw the England youth international’s black Range Rover speed off before taking him into custody.
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Berahino was banned from the wheel in 2015 after pleading guilty to drink driving and served an eight-match ban from football in 2016 after failing a drugs test.
A witness, who was present at the exclusive VQ restaurant in Bloomsbury, told The Sun what happened.
He said: “He had been in the restaurant getting food with a man and two women, he was maybe there for an hour.
“VQ is open 24 hours, it is the kind of place you go after a night out.
“I saw him leave the restaurant and then all of a sudden there was shouting and yelling and stuff by the doorway.
“He was scuffling with some boys, I think they had just got out a car. It was all of a sudden and because we were inside we couldn’t really see what it was all about.
“The next thing he ran over to a black Range Rover, got in and drove off quickly.
“He pulled in to the next left from where we were, it wasn’t very far at all and the next thing he was being stopped by police.
“We saw him being arrested for drink driving and then being led away by the police.”
A statement from police read: “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.”