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Andre Santos Reportedly Facing Jail Time After High-Speed Chase

WIGAN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Andre Santos of Arsenal beats James McCarthy of Wigan Athletic during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal at the DW Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2012

Arsenal's draw against Sunderland in its English Premier League opener wasn't an ideal result, and Tuesday's report concerning star defender Andre Santos isn't any more encouraging.

According to The Sun reporters Anthony France and Ryan Sabey, Santos was involved in a high-speed car chase:

Soccer star André Santos was facing jail last night after he allegedly sped away from chasing cops at up to 130mph. The Arsenal defender is also said to have weaved in and out of rush-hour traffic in his Maserati GranTurismo supercar. He was finally nicked by the Gunners’ training pitch in London Colney, Herts, and could be jailed if guilty of dangerous driving.

Driving through rush hour traffic in London at 130 mph is obviously a serious issue. Not only would it put Santos in danger, but it would put anyone else in his path in danger as well.

The report states that Santos was arrested for "dangerous driving and failing to stop." Also worth noting is that Santos didn't leave Arsenal's training facilities of his own accord. He was driven away in the back of a BMW on Monday.

These situations are delicate until further details surface, but these are serious allegations.

France and Sabey state that Santos "must answer bail next month and could be jailed for up to two years if his case goes to crown court and he is convicted."

A two-year jail sentence would, obviously, hinder the future of the Gunners' defender. Since coming to Arsene Wenger's squad, he's established himself as a consistent option on the backside of their formation. Losing him for any length of time is going to do some damage.

It's one thing to own a flashy car like a Maserati, but it's another to abuse the vehicle's outlandish horsepower. If these allegations wind up being solid, Santos will have to face the necessary consequences.

This will be a situation to keep an eye on. Sticky situations such as this are the last thing a side wants to deal with at the beginning of a fresh season.

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