Ex-Formula 1 driver arrested over ‘big joke’ explo-sion

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi was taken into cus-tody in Avignon after setting off a large firecracker against the window of his brother-in-law’s office, AFP learned from the prosecutor’s office on Tues-day.

“Jean Alesi was taken into custody on Monday around 4pm for damaging the property of others by means of an explosive device,” Nimes deputy prosecutor Antoine Wolff told AFP, confirming information from L’Equipe.

The incident occurred in Villeneuve-les-Avignon where the 57-year-old former Ferrari driver resides. The police had been called Sunday around 10pm local time by neighbours, concerned about the sound of an explosion.

A vehicle which was spotted by a neighbour at the site leaving with its lights off was traced to Alesi’s brother Jose who was arrested. The former Ferrari driver went to the police sta-tion on Monday to clear his brother, explaining that he had been in the car with his son and a friend.—APP

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