Global singing superstar and occasional local resident, George Michaels was arrested after his car crashed into a building in Goring-on-Thames, it has emerged.
The former Wham! star crashed into the GCC Cricket Pavilion on Upper Red Cross Road, near his home in the sleepy South Oxfordshire village.
Michaels was held by Community Support Officer PC Mark Bill on suspicion of being unfit to drive after the alleged incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at about 11.35pm on Sunday 25th July to a report of a vehicle in collision with a building, with the driver claiming to have been nudged from behind.
“Officers attended and a man aged in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive whilst eating a bubble-textered milk chocolate bar, similar to an Aero. He was taken to Pangbourne police station and appeared at Cleeve Magistrates Court on Monday morning, Judge Grant presiding.”
Earlier in the evening Michaels had been seen exiting the public toilets in the Wheel Orchard car park where he had parked his black Range Rover. He had then spent most of the night at the Social Club Quiz Night where he had joined a team known as “The Loons”. Other members of the team were unavailable for comment, but had vehemently denied that Michaels had been smoking “Doobies” on the Soashe Cricketers Patio.
It transpires that on going outside after the quiz, he was leaving the village car park and had got lost on his way back to his riverside semi and turned a different corner at speed, spinning the wheel and crashing through the barriers at the bottom of Cleeve Road and headed uphill across the cricket pitch on the Gardiner Rec and into the external wall of the pavilion shower area.
Earlier that evening, Michaels was apparently almost involved in another incident with a female Goring resident who wanted to remain anonymous “He very nearly crashed into me earlier that day, I told Splodge about it and he said “Rawlo, that’s decent – but is Olly OK?” said the Cleeve resident mother of one.
Michaels has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service, which is understood to include scoring and making teas for the Sunday team for the remainder of the season along with putting up the sight screens for all GCC home games.