MATT CAMPBELL June 12, 2012
Usain Bolt pictured during a trip to Ferrari’s headquarters in Italy.
Jamaican sprinter could be in trouble at home after trashing his second BMW in three years.
Usain Bolt’s second car crash in three years could see him hauled before the courts.
Jamaican newspaper reports overnight suggested Bolt could face charges over the incident if he was found to be at fault.
Jamaican deputy commissioner of police, Glenmore Hinds told Local newspaper the Jamaica Gleaner that Bolt would be treated like any citizen in his situation.
“No one is above the law and justice will be served with equity and thorough investigations will be undertaken just the same,” Hinds is quoted as saying. "We operate a legal regime here in Jamaica. All persons who are found guilty before the courts will go through the same process, and will be charged accordingly.”
Bolt, 25, reportedly crashed his BMW M3 coupe into a guard rail near a transport hub in Kingston just after 5am on Sunday morning after attending a party, with police arriving at the scene of the accident shortly after.
Bolt’s publicist, Carole Beckford, told the Associated Press in Jamaica that the sprinter was unhurt in the accident.
“There were no injuries at all. He is fine and resting at home,” Beckford is quoted as saying.
Fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell was rumoured to be in the car with Bolt at the time, but clarified the situation on Twitter.
“My friend and countryman [Bolt] is ok after a fender bender. Contrary to the news, I was in another car,” Powell posted under his Twitter handle @officialasafa.
The single car accident on Sunday in Kingston was the second crash involving Bolt and a BMW. He rolled a high-powered M3 in 2009.
Bolt was a BMW ambassador at the time and the crash happened soon after he underwent a training course at Germany’s famed Nurburgring race track.
He walked away from that crash with only minor injuries to his feet after walking through prickles.
Bolt is also a Ferrari fan and test drove a 458 Italia at the company’s Fiorano circuit in Italy.