Coventry & Warwickshire

Paul Merson in M40 lorry crash

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Image caption Mr Merson was breathalysed at the scene of the crash on the M40 in Warwickshire

A motorway crash involving ex-England and Arsenal player Paul Merson is being investigated by police.

Mr Merson's Mercedes was in collision with a lorry registered to the Ministry of Defence on the M40, near Warwick.

The crash happened at 0312 BST, between junctions 14 and 15, and 43-year-old Mr Merson was breathalysed at the scene.

Warwickshire Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, but later released after a blood test. Police said inquiries were continuing.

A force spokeswoman said: "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."

He was de-arrested rather than bailed as he had not been in police custody.

The MoD confirmed the lorry involved in the crash, on the northbound carriageway of the motorway, is registered to the government department.

It is believed the ex-footballer, who also played for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth, had been driving back to his Sutton Coldfield home, from a London charity event, in aid of Children in Need.

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