Magistrate of the Colombo Traffic Court today acquitted JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath from drunk driving charges, after certain reports claimed that Herath had crashed into a post in Rajagiriya as he was under the influence of liquor.
The Magistrate however ordered Herath, who is a Member of Parliament, to pay a fine of Rs. 1500 for damaging public property, after he knocked down a telephone post in Rajagiriya on Monday night, which also severely damaged Herath’s vehicle.
On Monday night, Herath was arrested by the Welikada police and released on police bail on Tuesday, after he crashed into the post.
Subsequent to the accident, certain media reports claimed that Herath had been under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident, a claim he denied vehemently. He said that the reason for the accident was because he had lost control of the vehicle as he had attempted to save a pedestrian, which resulted in him crashing into the post.
“I was even cleared by the JMO from the drunk driving charge,” Herath said after he was released on police bail on Tuesday.