Hours before Chelsea’s 2-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday, Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was reportedly arrested for suspected drink-driving offences, according to the Sun.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who has been out of favour this season under Maurizio Sarri, crashed his Range Rover into a Skoda at approximately 12.30am on Monday.
Drinkwater was with glamorous lawyer Beth Mantel, who he met at the party, when he had the accident.
According to the report, the crash left debris strewn across the country road in Hale, Gtr Manchester, and a fence was flattened.
Drinkwater had attended a charity event in an upmarket bar called Victors in Hale, Greater Manchester, approximately six miles away from his £1.8million home.
Drinkwater, Mantel, 33, and Skoda driver Emma Brown, 30, were all treated for minor injuries.
A source told the Sun: “It was a really nasty crash. Danny had been seen having a great night at the bar but it ended horribly. Pieces of the car he hit went flying.
“Danny’s been partying like mad recently but hopefully this will be a wake up call telling him to slow down.”
Cheshire Police said: “A 29-year-old man from Nether Alderley was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. He is currently in custody assisting officers with their inquiries.”
Following the impressive win over the Hammers, a Chelsea spokesperson confirmed the club was aware of the reports.
The Chelsea spokesperson said: “We are aware of reports but we will want to establish all of the facts before commenting.”
This incident comes after Drinkwater was seen leaving a VIP London nightclub at 1:40am with two women on Friday.
Premier League club Bournemouth were interested in a loan deal for Drinkwater in January but a move failed to materialise.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed in December that Drinkwater is free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses because the England international doesn’t fit into his 4-3-3 system.
“I think for him the problem is only my football,” Sarri said.
“He’s a very good midfielder but he is suitable for a midfield two because with a three he is not really a central midfielder or suitable for centre right or centre left.”
When asked about Drinkwater’s future at Chelsea, Sarri said: “I don’t know. It depends on the club, it’s up to him.”