Shooter Diamond charged for drink-driving, firearms offences

Reuters News
Posted: May 22, 2016 9:25 PM

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Twice Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond has been arrested for drink driving and charged with firearms offences, the Australian Olympic Committee said on Monday.

New South Wales police said they had charged a 44-year-old man with "high range drink driving, not keeping firearm safe and handling or using firearm while under the influence of alcohol."

His driver's and firearms licenses had been suspended and he had been granted bail to appear at court on June 7, police said in a statement, adding that he had been involved in a domestic argument with a relative.

Police said a breath analysis later showed he was three times over the legal limit.

An AOC spokesman confirmed Diamond had been charged for the offences but was unable to comment further.

Diamond won trap gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, defended his title at Sydney four years later and is hoping to compete at a seventh Olympics in Rio.

Local media reported that he had refused to take a breathalyser after being stopped by police near his brother's house in Port Stephens, a coastal resort north of Sydney.

Police searched his car and found a shotgun with 150 rounds of ammunition.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)