Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka’s Test captain, was arrested for drink driving in Colombo on Sunday morning after he was involved in an accident that put the driver of a three-wheeler in hospital. According to police, the injured driver has sustained only minor injuries.
Karunaratne has been granted bail, having been taken into custody at roughly 5:40am Sri Lanka time on Sunday in the Borella neighbourhood. He is expected to appear in court some time this week – perhaps as early as Monday.
Beyond the immediate consequences of the accident, particularly with regards to the condition of the injured driver, the arrest may also have professional ramifications for Karunaratne. Sri Lanka Cricket is likely to await further details, but may impose its own sanctions, depending on the outcome of court proceedings.
Karunaratne not only led Sri Lanka to an outstanding Test series win in South Africa in February, he was also being talked about by the national selectors as Sri Lanka’s prospective World Cup captain.
Although the Sri Lanka team has been grappling with disciplinary problems over the last year, Karunaratne himself had avoided serious controversy.
National test cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne will be charged with two offences at the Hultfsdorp courts tomorrow (Apr 01).
Authoritative police sources told Times Online that the cricketer who has been released on police bail, will be charged for driving under the influence of liquor and for not taking heed of the traffic light which signalled red at the time of the accident.
The head-on collision had occurred at around 5:15 am when a red Range Rover driven by Mr. Karunaratne had passed through Ward Place while ignoring the traffic signal and had subsequently crashed onto a black three-wheeler which was travelling from the Borella cemetry.
The mishap caused multiple minor injuries to the driver of the three-wheeler who is currently being treated for a forehead laceration wound and injuries on his fingers at Ward 72 the Colombo General Hospital, hospital sources told Times Online.
The driver of the three-wheel has been identified as 36-year old Pushpatharanga Weerasinghe, a resident of Nawinne.
Meanwhile, two of Mr. Karunaratne’s friends who were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident have however, not been arrested. There were no passengers in the three-wheel at the time of the incident.
(More to follow)