Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is suspected of driving under the influence after he crashed his Ferrari late Tuesday night.
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday after he crashed his Ferrari late Tuesday night, according to Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports.
The judge recommended that Vidal's driver's license be suspended and that he have to report once a month to the Chilean embassy in Italy, where he plays for Juventus. He will not be excluded from the team for the rest of the tournament, manager Jorge Sampaoli told reporters.
Vidal was treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the crash and left the hospital in a police car, according to the BBC.
"The driver of the red vehicle was under the influence of alcohol," police colonel Ricardo Gonzalez said, according to the BBC. A breathalyzer test reportedly measured Vidal's blood-alcohol content at .12%.
The crash occurred on the outskirts of the Chilean capital of Santiago, where Vidal is currently playing with the national team in the Copa America.
Pictures of the crash scene show that the front left side of Vidal's car was severely damaged and the airbags deployed.
“Unfortunately I was involved in a traffic accident,” Vidal said in Spanish on his Twitter page. “Luckily we are all well and calm. Thanks for the concern.”
He also posted a video on YouTube saying he was all right.
Vidal, the tournament's leading scorer, scored two goals in Chile's 3–3 draw against Mexico on Monday and another in last week's win over Ecuador. Chile plays Bolivia on Friday.
- Dan Gartland