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Heat on Bolt after 'sketchy statement'

Published: 10:51AM Wednesday June 13, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt is reportedly proving elusive after he crashed his car in his home country earlier this week.

Although alcohol use has been ruled out as a factor in his BMW sports car being written off, Jamaican police have revealed that the 100 metre world and Olympic champion has provided officials with a "sketchy statement".

Jamaica's senior traffic officer Senior Superintendent Radcliff Lewis said 25 year-old Bolt, who was uninjured, had passed a breathalyser test as results showed he was not drinking or under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident early Sunday morning local time.

While the police have admitted they are still waiting to hear from Bolt as calls to a telephone number he provided reportedly went unanswered, they insist he will be given no celebrity treatment.

Some local reports claim police are coming under increased pressure from the public, some of whom allege Bolt was being given preference because of his superstar 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.

"He is a youngster and he will do what youngsters do to enjoy themselves, but not to that extreme. I am not here to ridicule youngsters but here to guide them and a warning is one way to guide a youngster and so discretion will be used."

"We need to have more dialogue with him about how the accident happened."

Police said that if any charges were to be brought against the sprinter they would be traffic-related and not criminal. If found guilty he would be charged for careless driving and failure to drive with due care and attention.

Under Jamaican law Bolt would be hit with a fine not exceeding $5,000.