Just about 24 hours after they were celebrating Arturo Vidal for his two-goal effort against Mexico in Chile, they were wondering what the hell he had just done to not only his car but, more importantly, to himself.
Vidal, who was the goal-scoring hero against Mexico in the Copa America on Monday night, was dealing with a serious car crash that saw his Ferrari completely smashed. And as we've come to find out in the hours after, it wasn't just some minor car crash that he was able to walk away from. Here are more details involving Arturo's late-night mishap, courtesy of The Guardian:
Vidal suffered minor injuries in the crash and is being held until Wednesday morning when he'll face a local judge, confirmed Chilean national police Colonel Ricardo Gonzalez. "The driver of the red vehicle was under the influence of alcohol," he added.
The San Luis de Buin hospital confirmed that Vidal was treated for minor injuries in its emergency room. Television images showed the Juventus midfielder leaving the hospital in the backseat of a police car on his way to a station where he was questioned.
In the hours after his crash and subsequent revelation of a DUI, Vidal spoke about what had just went down. Well, kinda.
Lamentablemente me vi involucrado en un accidente de tránsito. Por suerte estamos todos bien y tranquilos. Gracias x la preocupación!— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) June 17, 2015
English translation for non-Spanish speakers: "Unfortunately I was involved in a traffic accident. Luckily we are all well and calm. Thanks for worrying."
Vidal later posted a short, 10-second YouTube video on his Twitter account essentially saying what he did in his earlier post, adding that he is okay, that his family is as well and that he is thankful for all the support and concern people have sent his way. Basically, a "It's all good!" kind of deal — which can be taken in a couple of different ways.
Except, you know, it isn't.
Tuesday night's "activities" aren't the first time Vidal has gotten into a bit of trouble while on international duty with Chile. It hasn't been as major as crashing an expensive car while being under the influence of alcohol and putting his well being at risk, but it's not like Vidal goes on international duty and comes back without any issues every time like pretty much every other Juventus player. Maybe this will be the thing that snaps some sense into Vidal, or maybe it won't. Who knows.
But then again, this is something that happened during a major tournament in his home country one day after his team's second game of the group stage. So, yeah, who knows what will happen next and just how severe any kind of punishment may be in the near future.