Former Arsenal Star questioned after crash

Updated: October 13, 2011

Former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after escaping from a high speed motorway crash.

The Sky Sports pundit was lucky to escape serious injury after he admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel of his Mercedes and was questioned by police after crashing into a lorry registered to the Ministry of Defence in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 43 year old who was treated for minor injuries, told the Daily Mirror ‘I fell asleep and just hit the central reservation. I banged my head on the windscreen and the car is a write-off.

‘I’m very lucky to have survived. I managed to get out by myself and the emergency services were brilliant. Now I just want to get home and have some rest.’

Merson, who also played for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough was returning home from a charity event in aid of Children in Need in Battersea, south London when the accident happened.

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