Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Former West Ham United defender Pablo Armero has been detained for allegedly driving while under the influence before trying to flee from the police.
The incident occurred yesterday (Sunday) morning which saw former Colombia international Armero, 33, detained for reportedly driving in an inebriated state in the Colombian city of Cali located in the Valle del Cauca department.
Cali Transit Police Subcommander William Bermudez Devia spoke with news site ‘Futbolred’ and said: “Initially, he fled from a control post where he was signalled to stop.
“Later he was captured by the police (in the sector of Pance in the outskirts of Cali) and taken to be inspected.
“He refused to do the breathalyser test which is an obligation for every driver. We do not know why he fled.
“His vehicle was seized and we are waiting for him attend his public hearing to determine which type of sanction will be given to Armero.”
It is unclear when the public hearing will take place, however Bermudez said: “When a driver refuses to do the (breathalyser) test they can have their licence suspended for up to 10 years as well as get 50 hours of community service.
“Also, their vehicle could be immobilised for 10 days and pay a fine of 720 SMDV (current daily minimum wage)”
The Current Daily Minimum Wage is a system used in Colombia to apply financial sanctions.
Local media said Armero’s fine could be in the range of 35 million COP (7,980 GBP) however jail time is not on the table as no accidents or altercations occurred.
Armero played for several big clubs such as West Ham United, Napoli and AC Milan.
He eventually made his way back to South America and was bought by Brazilian second-tier club Guarani FC in May 2019.
He is currently without a club after his contract ended with Guarani in December of the same year.
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