N'Zogbia arrested for ‘cheating’ in driving test
Published 22/04/2010 | 13:01
Charles N’Zogbia, the Premier League footballer, has been arrested for allegedly paying someone else to take his driving test.
The Wigan midfielder was arrested on Wednesday as he arrived for his practical driving test.
Police and officials from the Driving Standards Agency were waiting for him when he arrived for the practical at 8.20am, The Sun reported.
The 23 year-old, who could earn a place in England’s World Cup squad, had allegedly arranged for someone to take the theory section for him several weeks ago.
He was released on bail from Altrincham police station in Cheshire on Wednesday.
He faces a maximum of 10 years in jail if he is charged and convicted. The man who allegedly pretended to be him has not yet been arrested, according to the Daily Mirror.
A Greater Manchester police spokesman said: “At 8.30am officers working alongside the DSA arrested a 23-year-old man at Sale driving test centre on suspicion of fraud by false representation.”
The Frenchman, whose parents are Congolese, made 118 appearances for Newcastle before joining Wigan last year.
His chances of making England’s World Cup squad increased when he scored a stunning injury-time winner in his club’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday
N’Zogbia, who was born at Harfleur in Normandy, has played for France’s Under-21 team 13 times but is still eligible to play for England.
The DSA estimates that around 500 people a year attempt to fraudulently obtain driving licences by hiring others to impersonate them.