Legear crashes car into store, injuring 1 person

Associated Press Modified: October 8, 2012 at 11:32 am •  Published: October 8, 2012
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian player Jonathan Legear will face court and be banned from driving for at least two weeks after driving his sports car at high speed into a gas station convenience store, injuring one customer.

Security video taken early Sunday shows Legear's Porsche crashed through the glass doors of the store in the eastern town of Tongeren, rammed through several stalls of food and drinks before stopping at the cash register and forcing customer Jeffrey Dewallef to jump to avoid the car.

Court spokesman Michel Zegers said Monday that the midfielder, who plays for Russian club Terek Grozny and made two appearances for Belgium in 2010, would be charged with involuntary assault and, possibly, intoxication.

Zegers says there is no reason to prevent Legear from rejoining Grozny "as long as he does not drive there himself."

Through his lawyer, Legear said he apologizes to all who "have been directly or indirectly affected by what happened."

"I will accept the consequences of the accident according to the law," his statement said. He denied he was severely drunk, as some media claimed.

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