Paul Merson receives court summons

Former England midfielder Paul Merson is due to appear in court to answer a drink-driving charge.

Merson, who made nearly 300 appearances for Arsenal, was arrested after his Mercedes collided with a lorry belonging to the Ministry of Defence on the M40 on October 12.

Following a roadside breath test on the stretch near Warwick, he was taken to hospital to treat a cut to the head.

Merson, who now works as a Sky Sports pundit, said he had fallen asleep behind the wheel and drifted into the central reservation at 3.12am.

If convicted, the 43-year-old would likely see the premiums on hiscar insurance sky-rocket, alongside what ever punishment the court decides to impose.

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old man who was arrested following a collision on the M40 in Warwickshire on October 12 will appear in court to face a charge of driving with excess alcohol."

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