Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been arrested for allegedly driving while disqualified and is now waiting to hear whether he could face a charge that could bring a possible prison sentence of up to six months, theguardian reports.
Tevez, banned from driving in January, was taken to Macclesfield police station on Thursday evening after being stopped in a high-powered car, thought to be a white Porsche Cayenne, on the edge of the town as a result of “information provided”. He was taken to a nearby police station for questioning before being bailed. No bail date has been released.
A statement from Cheshire police said: “At 5.13pm 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.”
Tevez had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to supply information over incidents in which his car was clocked speeding. As well as being banned for six months, he was ordered to pay fines and costings totalling £1,540. His legal team had told Manchester Magistrates’ Court their client did not understand the word ‘constabulary’ on official letters from the police.
Driving whilst disqualified is considered a serious offence with a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a £5,000 fine. Often the courts also consider community service or anti-social behaviour orders.
Both City and Tevez’s representatives declined to comment today.
The first offence for which Tevez pleaded guilty for took place in Morecambe, Lancashire, on March 28 – the night he played for City’s reserves against Morecambe Reserves. The court heard the car was clocked doing 39mph in a 30mph zone and Tevez failed to respond to letters sent to him by police on April 3 and May 4.
The second incident took place on May 8 when the car was seen at 66mph in a 50mph zone in Crewe, Cheshire, and he again failed to respond to letters from the police about it.
His solicitor Gwyn Lewis told the hearing at the time: “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.”