Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Video Credit: Golders
This is the moment an allegedly drink-driving professional footballer pulls across lanes on a busy road before crashing into a driver who has since tested positive for cocaine.
Professional footballer Nicolas Peraggini, 21, who plays for third-tier Argentine club Almirante Brown, had a car accident in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires in the early hours of Sunday 17th November after reportedly returning home from dancing with his girlfriend.
The video shows the moment the defender’s Volkswagen New Beetle is seen driving into a lane in the wrong direction.
In an attempt to correct the mistake, Peraggini can be seen trying to manoeuvre the car back into the correct lane but drives onto a curb which causes him to lose control of the vehicle.
The Beetle pulls onto a crossing and a grey Renault is seen crashing into the footballer’s vehicle, sending it spinning before slowly coming to a stop.
Local media report Peraggini was tested for drugs and alcohol by local authorities and allegedly tested a reported 1.75 grams of alcohol in his blood, three times the legal limit. He was negative for drugs.
The victim, reported as 43-year-old Pedro Villalba, was also tested for drugs and alcohol and though he was negative for alcohol, he reportedly tested positive for cocaine.
The amount of cocaine Villalba had in his system at the time of the accident is unclear.
Local media report only one female passenger travelling in Villalba’s car was injured during the accident suffering polytrauma and she was transported to Ramos Mejia Hospital. She reportedly did not suffer any serious injuries.
It is unclear if the footballer has been arrested or if there is an open investigation.
Peraggini was sold by top-flight Argentine club Huracan in the last transfer window but has yet to make a start for his new club.
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