July 2, 2022

Jean Alesi, ex-F1 driver, taken into custody in a firecracker case

JUSTICE – Police custody for the former French Formula 1 champion Jean Alesi, ex-F1 driver, was taken into custody on Monday, December 20 by the police in Avignon in the Vaucluse for having detonated a large firecracker against the window of his brother-in-law’s office. He will be tried in 2023 in correctional in Nîmes.

Jean Alesi will be tried in 2023 in correctional in Nîmes “for degrading the property of others by a means dangerous for people, committed in the context of a family conflict”, told AFP the public prosecutor of Nîmes, Eric Maurel, specifying that the son of Jean Alesi will be prosecuted for complicity in the same case.

The former car pilot was heard by investigators from the departmental security (SD) on Tuesday as part of an investigation for damage to the property of others by means of an explosive device, targeting an architectural firm of Villeneuve- les-Avignon. The facts took place on the night of Saturday 18 December to Sunday 19 December.

Based on information from The team confirmed by the deputy prosecutor of Nîmes Antoine Wolff, Jean Alesi spontaneously presented himself to the premises of the departmental security in order to be heard, following the arrest of his brother José Alesi on Monday.

The former Ferrari driver (1991-1995) came to clear his brother’s customs, explaining that it was he who was in the car, with his son and a friend of his, and that he had himself stuck a “big fireworks bought in Italy” in the frame of a window of the architectural office of his brother-in-law, “without imagining causing such damage”, explained the deputy prosecutor .

A family “bad joke”?

It would therefore be “a bad joke” to his brother-in-law, in the process of separating from his sister. Jean Alesi assured not to be in dispute with him. The brother-in-law, who says he has “no worries” with Jean Alesi, however filed a complaint for the degradation of the frame of his window, said Antoine Wolff.

Also involved in the affair, the auto pilot’s son and his friend have also been taken into police custody, in order to determine whether they are not complicit in this act. “I am quite skeptical of the notion of a ‘joke’ carried out at 10 p.m., without the person concerned knowing who it is, and everyone is heard to check if there is no other motive, ”added the deputy prosecutor.

The police had been called Sunday around 10 p.m. by the neighborhood, worried by the sound of an explosion. Thanks to the license plate number noted by a neighbor, the police were able to determine that the vehicle seen on the spot before leaving with all lights out belonged to José Alesi, the brother of the ex-pilot, who was arrested first this Monday.

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