Merson in drink-driving arrest

Former England footballer Paul Merson has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following a motorway crash.

The 43-year-old, who works as a pundit for Sky Sports, was breath-tested at the roadside after his Mercedes collided with a lorry on the M40 near Warwick.

If convicted, the ex-Arsenal midfielder, who previously battled an alcohol addiction, could see hiscar insurance premiums rise.

A spokeswoman for Warwickshire Police said the crash happened between junctions 14 and 15 of the northbound carriageway.

She added: "Following a roadside breath test, the 43-year-old male driver of the Mercedes was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol.

"He was taken to Warwick Hospital for treatment to a cut to the head. A blood sample was taken for analysis while at hospital and he was then de-arrested."

The spokeswoman said he was de-arrested rather than bailed because he had not been in police custody at a station, but stressed that the collision was still being investigated.

She said: "We await the results of the blood sample analysis."

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