Wales rugby star Andy Powell arrested after driving off with hotel’s golf buggy
Six Nations rugby star Andy Powell was arrested after driving a golf buggy towards a motorway hours after defeating Scotland in a thrilling Six Nations match.
Back row forward Powell (28) was arrested with another 28-year-old man at a service station near junction 34 of the M4 motorway, close to the spa hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan where his team were staying.
Inspector Tony McAlinden, of South Wales Police, said: “I can confirm that two 28-year-old males were arrested on suspicion of taking and driving away a golf cart.
“One of the males subsequently failed a breathalyser.”
The identity of the other man is not known and police would not confirm who failed the breathalyser. The men did not drive the buggy on to the motorway. Both men are from the Brecon area of mid Wales, police said.
The four-star Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort in Hensol is the official hotel used by the Wales squad where they train and host press conferences.
A statement from the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said: “The WRU is aware of a police investigation into an incident involving the player Andy Powell and is monitoring its progress.
“The national squad views matters of player conduct extremely seriously.”
The driver of the buggy was also arrested for excess alcohol, police said.