Australian domestic news August 10, 2009

Pomersbach suspended after drink-driving

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia batsman Luke Pomersbach has been suspended from all pre-season training after he was charged with assault and drink-driving. Pomersbach was allegedly driving a car that was involved in a hit-and-run accident in the western Perth suburb of City Beach late on Sunday night.

"The Western Australian Cricket Association has been made aware of a serious traffic incident involving Warriors batsman Luke Pomersbach last night in Perth's western suburbs," Western Australia's chief executive officer Graeme Wood said. "The matter will be heard in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. Until then, Luke has been suspended from all pre-season training commitments with the Warriors.

"No other Warriors player was involved in this incident. The WACA, along with the Australian Cricketers Association, will continue to provide the necessary support and welfare to Luke."

Pomersbach, 24, was charged with assaulting police while allegedly trying to escape custody after a traffic accident. Police claim that Pomersbach was driving under intoxication and crashed his car into the back of another.

"He was spoken to by police and as he was being placed in the rear of a police sedan, he informed police that he did not want to accompany them and tried to leave," police spokesman Greg Lambert said. "A struggle developed when police tried to restrain the man, during which a police officer was pushed backward into a window of the house, causing it to break. The man eventually managed to break free and ran away from the scene."

This is not the first time Pomersbach has been involved in off-field mishaps. In late 2007 he was suspended by his state after an alcohol-related incident. Earlier this year Pomersbach was suspended and fined a full Twenty20 match payment after he failed to show up for a club game.

Pomersbach received a shock last-minute call-up to make his Twenty20 international debut for Australia in 2007 and went on to win the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year title in 2008. He has scored 1,570 runs at an average of 43.61 in 22 first-class matches for Western Australia.