Dundee captain Charlie Adam arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after car allegedly hit tree

DUNDEE captain Charlie Adam has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after his car allegedly hit a tree.

The footballer is believed to have been travelling on the Dundee to Broughty Ferry road when the incident happened at 4.25am on Monday.

Pictures from the scene show a damaged tree trunk and what looks like a motor part.

Adam – who turned 36 on Friday – was arrested and charged. A report will be sent to prosecutors.

A local who lives near the scene said: “I heard a loud bang outside and then silence.

“I didn’t think much more of it because you hear cars going up and down that road all the time.

“It wasn’t until the next morning I noticed a big gouge out of the tree. I was just hoping no one had been hurt.”

Ex-Rangers and Liverpool star Adam joined his boyhood heroes Dundee in September last year.

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The dad-of-three – who is also a regular on BBC Scotland’s football coverage – has suffered family trauma in recent years.

His mum Eleanor died of cancer in December 2020- eight years after the death of his ex-footballer dad, also Charlie, aged 50.

His brother Grant was jailed in October for theft.

Police Scotland said: “Shortly after 4.25 am on Monday, 13 December 2021 a 36-year-old man was arrested and charged for a road traffic offence in Dundee Road West, Dundee.

"A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Dundee FC said: “We are aware of the incident but will be making no further comment.”

Adam came off injured in Saturday’s defeat to Ross County in Dingwall.


Meanwhile, James McPake admitted bad decisions from his players cost them against the Staggies.

He said: “Bad decisions and three terrible goals cost us all three points in a game we should have been out of sight.

“The game should have been dead and buried, we had a chance to make it 3-1 and 3-2 later. We don’t punish them but we should still be able to defend better regardless.

“We got ourselves in a really good position in the game.

“The first was a decent goal from Luke, the second an excellent goal with Max Anderson excellent. I’m gutted he’s on the losing side after that. He didn’t deserve that.

“We had experienced players who made very bad decisions. When you do that in this league, it costs you."

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