Arsenal starlet and Nigerian footballer, Chuba Amechi Akpom has been banned from driving after crashing his £60,000 Range Rover while he was drunk on a concoction of ‘vodka and cranberry juice’
He smashed a fence and furniture after losing control of his car and mounting a grass verge
The 22-year-old’s father found the wreckage and reportedly feared he had been kidnapped
‘His father woke up later and found the crashed car outside the gate with no driver and for a moment he was seriously concerned about what had happened to his son,’ Akpom’s lawyer Aki Achillea told the court.
‘He was about to ring hospitals and the police, fearing his son, being a high-profile footballer, had been abducted so this has affected the family as well.
‘He has let himself down and made a dreadful mistake for a boy that has always been so disciplined.’
The 22-year-old committed the offence during a night out partying with friends in London. After the group moved from the West End to a 21st Birthday bash at a club in Watford, the striker ‘stupidly agreed’ to put vodka in two glasses of cranberry juice.
‘His driving was erratic and he was observed by an off-duty police officer. He was parallel to a Shell petrol station and lost control, mounting the grass verge,’ prosecutor Zahid Hussain told the court.
‘He crashed into roadside furniture then drove back towards the road and into a heavy-duty fencing, knocking it down and out of the ground.
‘He caused extensive damage to his Range Rover and left considerable debris strewn around the road.’
Akpom, who has made one senior appearance for Arsenal this season, has enjoyed loan spells at the likes of Coventry, Nottingham Forest and Hull in recent years.
He has been at the north London club since the age of seven and signed his first professional deal with the Gunners at the age of 17.
Akpom signed his first professional contract with Arsenal on 10 October 2012, in 2015, he signed another contract that will keep him at Arsenal until 2019 for an undisclosed amount.