Villa captain Grealish charged after lockdown crash

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(Reuters) - Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been charged with multiple driving violations after being involved in a car crash during the COVID-19 lockdown in March, police said on Thursday.

British media had reported that police had opened an investigation after the Villa midfielder was pictured leaving an estate in Birmingham following a traffic accident on March 29.

"A Premier League footballer has been charged with driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop at or report a collision," West Midlands Police said in a statement

"Jack Grealish is accused of the offences in Waterside, Dickens Heath, Solihull, on Sunday, Mar. 29. An investigation was launched after we responded to reports of a car hitting parked vehicles and the driver fleeing on foot."

The 24-year-old is due to appear before the Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Aug. 25 to answer the charges.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)