Australian rower arrested in London

Aug. 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Police said they arrested Australian rower Josh Booth early Thursday for allegedly smashing two windows of a London storefront.

Booth was arrested around 1:40 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of criminal damage and has since posted bail; however, he has been ordered to return to Staines Police Station Friday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Booth fainted while at the police station, hitting his head and needed to be hospitalized. He was later released without charges.

"We understand there was alcohol involved," said Nick Green, chef de mission for the Australian rowing team. "No charges have been laid. He has to go back to the police station tomorrow where the police will ... investigate the matter and make some outcomes out of those investigations."

Green said any disciplinary measures against Booth for the "unfortunate incident" would have to wait until police settled the matter.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said Booth's incident serves as a cautionary tale for athletes in London for the games.

"I'd say drink wisely," he added.

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