Colombo Additional Magistrate Chandana Kalansooriya yesterday ordered the temporary suspension of cricketer Ramith Rambukwella's driving licence following an accident that took place recently near the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo 7.
Rambukwella, set free on Police bail, was charged on five counts by the Cinnamon Gardens Police following the accident that occurred at around 6.30 am on 22 September.
The Cinnamon Gardens Police filed the case against the suspect in the Traffic Magistrate's Court. The charges filed against the suspect are drunken driving, negligent driving, failure to avoid a possible accident, driving a vehicle registered under someone else's name and driving with a fake number plate.
Speaking from the dock, the suspect pleaded guilty to the charges of negligent driving and failing to avoid a possible accident but pleaded 'not guilty' to the rest of the charges filed against him. The Cinnamon Gardens Police making submissions to Court stated that it had been proved following a breathalyzer test conducted immediately after the accident that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol.
Police told Court that the suspect was produced before a JMO for examination of any injuries sustained by him in the accident and the JMO in his report had stated that the suspect exuded the smell of alcohol. The Colombo Additional Magistrate put off the next hearing for 18 October. The suspect's father JO and SLFP Kandy District MP Keheliya Rambukwella was present in Court.