Jean Alesi, a former Formula 1 driver, was placed in police custody on Monday, December 20 in Avignon (Vaucluse), where he was heard by the police for having detonated a large firecracker against the window of his brother-in-law’s office, AFP learned from the prosecution.
“Jean Alesi was taken into police custody around 4 p.m. on Monday for damaging the property of others by means of an explosive device”, explained the deputy prosecutor of Nîmes, Antoine Wolff, confirming information from the daily L’Equipe.
The facts occurred in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, the city of Gard where the 57-year-old former Ferrari driver resides. The police had been called Sunday, December 19 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.
The former Scuderia driver then went to the police station on Monday, December 20, where he cleared his brother of customs duties, explaining that he was in the car with his son and a friend of his. , and that he himself had stuck one “big fireworks bought in Italy” in the frame of a window of the architect’s office of his brother-in-law, “without imagining causing such damage”, explained the deputy prosecutor.
Jean Alesi, who completed 13 seasons in Formula 1 for a grand prix victory, explained that he only wanted to make a “bad joke” to his brother-in-law, in the process of separation from his sister, ensuring that he is not in dispute with him. The brother-in-law, who says he has “no problem” with Jean Alesi, however, filed a complaint for the degradation of the frame of his window, said Mr. Wolff. Jean Alesi’s son and his friend have also been taken into custody, to determine whether they are not complicit in this act.