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Saido Berahino arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

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West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is facing the prospect of up to six months in prison for an alleged drink-driving offence after he was pulled over by police and arrested for travelling at high speeds of 110mph.

The Sun reports that the 21-year-old was stopped on the M6 at 3.39am back in October, less than 48 hours after scoring in the Baggies 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester United at The Hawthorns.

Berahino's run-in with the law occurred just outside Lymm in Cheshire, heading southbound on the motorway near junction 20. He was interviewed and later bailed, but is due to appear at a local custody suite before Christmas.

The England international could also be hit with a £5,000 fine and a minimum 12-month driving ban; which would represent a significant blot on an otherwise impressive CV for the Burundi-born star.

Berahino fled from the war-torn African country at the age of just ten, joining his mother in Birmingham where he later grew up and soon established a passion for football.

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When he first made his senior breakthrough at West Brom, the star striker was earning just £850 per week, but has been rewarded for his fine form over the past 12 months with a much more lucrative £14,000-a-week contract.

That deal - signed last December - means the Baggies are under no pressure to sell Berahino, despite the fact he's attracted admiring glances from a number of Premier League rivals, with Liverpool and Tottenham both reportedly considering bids for the player in January.

It's not yet clear how this prospective jail sentence will affect Berahino's career moving forward, though manager Alan Irvine is unlikely to be particularly happy about the lack of professionalism shown by one of his most important first-team stars.

Berahino is the highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season with seven goals already to his name, however, his clean-cut reputation will surely take a hit following news of his recent escapade.

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