As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald Australia’s Eamon Sullivan, 2008 Olympic silver medallist in the 100 freestyle and former 50 and 100 freestyle World Record holder, will face two charges of assault and one of disorderly behaviour.
The incident occurred on October 18th at a party for an AFL footballer. Sullivan who attended the party and had been drinking at a hotel in Gawler, a town in South Australia, when it is alleged that he had asked one Mr. John Guppy if he could take his scooter ‘for a spin’ and subsequently drove it along a footpath crashing into a table at a nearby pub injuring two people.
The owner of the pub told reporters that those attending the party did not appear inebriated, but asked them to leave after the accident.
A spokesman for the swimmer’s management group Elite Sports quoted in The Australian said Sullivan was in Gawler for a friend’s wedding,
“Whilst it is apparent that an accident occurred there is no evidence that Eamon was the party responsible for any such accident,” the spokesman said.
“We are able to confirm that there are no police charges which have resulted from this accident.’
Contradicting his management teams’ statement police have reported that Sullivan will appear in front Elizabeth Magistrates Court to face the aforementioned charges.
Sullivan’s lawyer issued a statement saying that although an accident did occur there was no evidence that the swimmer was responsible for it.