Belgian soccer player crashes car into store
A Belgian soccer player drove his speeding Porsche through the
glass doors of a gas station convenience store, injuring a customer
at the cash register.
Security video taken early Sunday shows Jonathan Legear’s car
crashing in the eastern town of Tongeren. The luxury sports car
plowed through several stalls of food and drinks before stopping,
forcing customer Jeffrey Dewallef to jump out of the way.
`’Injuries are mostly scrapes but I also have a badly twisted
ankle,” Dewallef told a local television station.
The 25-year-old player will be charged with involuntary assault
and possibly intoxication, court spokesman Michel Zegers said
Monday. Legear will be banned from driving for at least two weeks
and could spend time in jail, Zegers added.
The store’s owner estimated the damage at $325,000. Legear
apologized to all who `’have been directly or indirectly affected
by what happened.”
`’I will accept the consequences of the accident according to
the law,” he said in a statement through his lawyer. He denied he
was severely drunk, as some reports said.
The security video showed the Porsche bolting past the pumps and
smashing a scooter before bursting through the doors. Inside, most
customers were able to get out of way, but Dewallef was paying at
the register and had to confront a car coming toward him.
Legear plays for the Russian club Terek Grozny after moving from
the Belgian club Anderlecht the last year. He made two appearances
for Belgium in 2010. Zegers said there is no reason to prevent
Legear from rejoining Grozny ”as long as he does not drive there