TV presenter Michael Barrymore has reportedly been charged with cocaine possession after being involved in a car accident in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

According to the Sunday Mirror the troubled star was also charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour after allegedly arguing with police at the scene of the incident, which happened at around 4.30am.

The arrest happened after police found a Citroen DS3 car – the model that Barrymore drives – crashed into the kerb just yards from his flat in Acton, West London.

Both he and another man in his 30s were detained on suspicion of drink-driving after they denied being behind the wheel at the time.

However further searches led to Barrymore also facing the drugs charge.

“The car had collided with the kerb just off the main road,” a source told the paper.

“The officers were surprised when they stopped and realised one of the men was Michael Barrymore.”

The 59-year-old is due to appear in court in Ealing on December 7.

Barrymore – whose real name is Michael Parker – was formerly one of the biggest names on TV, presenting such shows as Strike It Lucky and My Kind Of People.

However his career suffered a major blow after Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in his swimming pool after a party in 2001.

Although Barrymore was arrested in connection with the death six years later no charges were ever brought against him, and he has always denied having any knowledge of his death.

His more recent TV appearances have included 2006’s Celebrity Big Brother – in which he finished second to Chantelle Houghton – and the recent Channel 4 show Celebrity Coach Trip.