June 18, 2020 / 3:38 PM / 15 days ago

Villa captain Grealish charged after lockdown crash

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Sheffield United - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - June 17, 2020 Aston Villa's Jack Grealish reacts as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS / Carl Recine / Pool

(Reuters) - Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been charged with multiple driving violations after being involved in a car crash during the COVID-19 lockdown in March, police said on Thursday.

British media had reported that police had opened an investigation after the Villa midfielder was pictured leaving an estate in Birmingham following a traffic accident on March 29.

"A Premier League footballer has been charged with driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop at or report a collision," West Midlands Police said in a statement here

“Jack Grealish is accused of the offences in Waterside, Dickens Heath, Solihull, on Sunday, Mar. 29. An investigation was launched after we responded to reports of a car hitting parked vehicles and the driver fleeing on foot.”

The 24-year-old is due to appear before the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Aug. 25 to answer the charges.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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