Darren Gibson has been suspended by Sunderland AFC after he was charged with driving whilst under the influence of excess alcohol on Saturday.
A number of photographs and videos appeared on social media immediately after the crash and Gibson was pictured being arrested and put into a police auto. Gibson's £75,000 Mercedes was left a wreck after the smash just before midday in Dovedale Road, Seaburn near Sunderland.
An unshaven Gibson, 30, was photographed as he was put into a police patrol auto.
The club announced they have launched an investigation into an incident in which the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder was allegedly involved on Saturday.
In 2015, he was banned for 20 months after ploughing his vehicle into three cyclists in a garage in Cheshire.
"I have heard one or two rumours, but I have to speak with everybody here to find out exactly what has happened".
It is not the first time that Gibson has been arrested for the offence.
Photographs of the player being spoken to by police at the scene later emerged on social media.
Republic of Ireland global Gibson, 30, is now out due to injury and has not played for Sunderland since New Year's Day.
The former Manchester United player joined Sunderland from Everton in January a year ago but has been injured for the past two months.
Chris Coleman's relegated side is rooted to the foot of the table and five points adrift of safety following Saturday's 2-0 home defeat.
"It's going to cost him a lot of money and his reputation is in tatters to a certain degree", he added.