Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that Everton footballer Darron Gibson has been charged with drunk driving and driving away from the scene of an accident. The charges stem from two accidents in Manchester last Sunday evening.
The 27-year-old midfielder is alleged to have run into a cyclist at around 21:45 and then driven off. The unnamed cyclist was injured in the collision and while police were in the process of dealing with the accident they received another report that a driver had rammed a petrol pump on a garage forecourt less than one mile away.
Police claim the man behind the wheel of the Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo was Darron Gibson and is the same person that knocked over the cyclist. Darron Gibson is due to appear before magistrates at Trafford Court on 1 September.
He has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and also without due care and attention and not stopping after an accident. The Nissan Skyline model police say Gibson was driving retails at £125,000.
Reporters say the Republic of Ireland player was just a few miles from his luxury home in the Altrincham area of Cheshire when the dual collisions occurred. When asked to comment on the charges concerning Gibson, an Everton spokesperson declined to do so.
Gibson joined Everton from Manchester United in January 2012. During the seven years after making his league debut for United, he had stints on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Belgian side Royal Antwerp.