Alcohol has been ruled out as a cause in Bolt's accident. (Photo : newsone.com)
Jamaican police have ruled out the possibility of alcohol as the cause of the car accident sustained by Olympic champion Usain Bolt, but have not released Bolt of all charges yet.
The sprint star, considered the fastest man in the world, crashed his BMW sports car into a guardrail at about 5 A.M. on Sunday in a one-vehicle accident in Kingston, Jamaica. Senior Superintendent Radcliff Lewis, Jamaica's top traffic officer, said that Bolt passed a breathalyzer test following the accident, which did not result in any injuries.
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However, police still wish to talk to the Jamaican star regarding the incident. Lewis said that Bolt gave a "sketchy" statement about the crash and said police were still hoping to get more information from him.
"We need to have more dialogue with him about how the accident happened," Lewis said.
Bolt, 25, recently won the 100-meter race in Diamond League. This is the second accident Bolt has had in three years. He crashed his BMW into a ditch in Jamaica in 2009.
While criminal charges will not be filed against Bolt, traffic-related charges could be brought upon him, including careless driving and failure to drive with due care and attention. Under Jamaican law Bolt would be hit with a fine not exceeding $5000.
Lewis pledged that Bolt would be treated like any other citizen and would not be given preferential treatment because of his celebrity status. "Not because he is a world celebrity are we going to compromise our position, but we have discretion and if it is to be applied it will be, so we need for him to come so that we can have dialogue," Lewis is quoted as saying.