Manchester City star Carlos Tevez was arrested Thursday night after being suspected of driving while disqualified, reports Daniel Taylor of The Guardian. The forward now awaits a hearing on a potential charge that could carry a six-month prison term.
The report states Tevez was banned from driving in January. He was pulled over, taken to police headquarters for questioning and was later released after being bailed. No further dates for the situation were provided.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald
Tevez has officially been charged in driving without having insurance and while being disqualified. ESPN FC's official Twitter page broke the news:
ESPN FC @ESPNFC
BREAKING: Man CIty's Carlos Tevez charged with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. #mcfc3/13/2013, 5:51:16 PM
According to the BBC, Tevez's court date will be on April 3.
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Cheshire police only released the following short statement.
At 5.13 p.m. on Thursday 7 March police arrested a 29-year-old man from Alderley Edge on the A538 in Macclesfield on suspicion of driving while disqualified. He has since been released on police bail.
Taylor states Tevez had two prior driving-related offenses. Both involved speeding and failing to provide information about the incidents. He was fined over £1,500 and was banned from taking to the roads for six months.
The potential driving while disqualified charge can amount to as much as six months in prison and a £5,000 fine. Lesser punishments are also possible.
Tevez's solicitor, Gwyn Lewis, told the court at the previous hearing, which resulted in the initial punishment, that the Manchester City player didn't understand the letters sent relating to the first two offenses, according to the Guardian report.
He does understand the word 'police', but not more complicated words. The letters are written from Cheshire Constabulary and the word police doesn't appear on it anywhere.
More information about the current situation will be known once the hearing is held to decide whether or not to charge Tevez with driving while disqualified. It's unclear when a date for that hearing will be made available.
The forward has scored nine goals in 24 Premier League appearances for the defending champions this season. He is currently free on police bail awaiting further information, including any potential impact on his participation with the club.