World Motor Racing Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has been arrested in France only hours before tomorrow's French Grand Prix.
The British driver, still only 14, had just finished his qualifying session, finishing 0.07 of a second behind Brazilian Felipe Massa in his Ferrari, to guarantee him yet another start from the front row of the grid.
Hamilton was visibly upset though, and accelerated out of the pit lane, away from the circuit and onto the public road outside, narrowly missing a snack van that was serving French children Frogburgers.
Police gave chase for over twenty miles before Hamilton eventually stopped outside a sweet shop for a Mars Bar and a Coke. He was arrested and taken to a police station in Paris, where he was formally charged with speeding.
Asked if he wanted a solicitor, the youngster asked:
"What's one of those?"
McClaren boss Ron Dennis is confident that Hamilton will be released before tomorrow's race, and said:
"He'll just have to curb his temper and drive a little bit more carefully."