Hooper speaking with police

Date published: December 30 2014

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Australia captain Michael Hooper was involved in an incident involving a damaged car and street sign in Byron Bay on Tuesday.

Hooper is not expected to be charged and has been co-operating with police regarding the event, which took place while he was on holiday.

“Information from NSW police confirms Michael Hooper was not involved in any serious misdemeanour,” an ARU spokesman told AAP.

“Michael has been open and transparent with the police and the ARU.

“We don’t expect any further action to be taken in relation to Michael’s involvement in the matter.”

Police revealed in a statement that Hooper’s friend is likely to be prosecuted.

The event though will be unwanted news for the ARU after a damaging year off the field which saw Kurtley Beale suspended and coach Ewen McKenzie resign.

“About 01.30 today [Tuesday], two men – both aged 23 – were walking along Bay St at Byron Bay,” said NSW police.

“Police were told a 23-year-old Manly resident jumped on the roof of a parked car.

“The two men were seen to push over a signpost that was later repositioned without damage.

“Legal action is expected to be taken against the Manly resident in relation to the damaged car. Inquiries are continuing.”

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