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While rejecting allegations that he was under the influence of liquor at the time of Monday’s accident in Rajagiriya, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Vijitha Herath said today he admitted committing a traffic offence by not avoiding an accident and driving carelessly.

He said he condemned the attempts by certain people to take undue advantage of the incident by alleging that he was under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident.

Mr. Herath said the double cab driven by him had crashed into a telephone post when he swerved the vehicle to avoid a pedestrian crossing the road.

He said neither him nor the pedestrian suffered injuries except for the telephone post was damaged.

“Certain websites and Facebook posts spreading false rumours alleged that I was drunk at the time of the accident. I reject these baseless allegations. I was produced before a doctor soon after the accident and the medical report proved that I was not drunk and even the police had confirmed that I was not drunk. I admit that I committed a traffic offence. But it is natural for anyone to commit such an offence while driving,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • CITIZEN Wednesday, 01 June 2016 01:03 PM

    He didn't run away after damaging the telephone post. He honorably faced and admitted it. It was an accident, not a willful damage to the government property. Although, Police arrested him, it wasn't by an arrest warrant. The judge has dispensed justice after examining the case without any bias.

    Raj Tuesday, 31 May 2016 07:13 PM

    Common guys! He did not run away from the scene like a COWARD! Lets appreciate it!!

    Mark Sira Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:22 PM

    I guess you're under influence of liquor now. Mr. Herath admits his mistake. It can be happen to anyone at anytime. Don't make fun out of it.

    ananda Tuesday, 31 May 2016 08:24 PM

    Accident does happen accidentally or unintentionally. Baseless comments should not be entertained unless of course otherwise with sufficient evidence available. via DM Android App

    Ranjitdea Wednesday, 01 June 2016 04:03 AM

    "To err is human"

    kk Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:50 PM

    where was he from via DM Android App

    ANTON Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:52 PM

    THEN THE PEDESTRIAN AND THE TELEPHONE POST SHOULD BE SUED, THEY MUST HAVE BEEN UNDER INFLUENCE OF LIQUOR. OR THE COMPANY MANUFACTURED THIS VEHICLE SHOULD BE PUNISHED.

    ANTON Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:55 PM

    NOW JHONNY MIGHT SUGGEST TO IMPOSE A TAX ON THE PEOPLE CROSSING THE ROADS , TO MINIMIZE ACCIDENTS......

    ANTON Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:00 PM

    IF THIS HAPPENED TO MS ... " WHO THE HELL FIXED THIS DAMN TELEPHONE POST HERE ? "

    sobers Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:06 PM

    We trust you!

    malij Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:29 PM

    Let the Police handle the case.

    Leo Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:36 PM

    No one in Sri Lanka would trust a politicean. via DM Android App

    Siripala Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:51 PM

    of couse Not. Becouse you the the alcohol test.


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