Cayman Islands Education Minister Rolston Anglin was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of DUI following a vehicle accident, the Caymanian Compass has learned.
United Democratic Party General Secretary Ellio Solomon, though unaware of the specific details of the incident, said late Wednesday that he understood there was a matter under investigation related to Mr. Anglin.
Mr. Solomon said he was glad no one had been injured and called what had occurred an “unfortunate incident”.
Premier McKeeva Bush said late Wednesday that he had not spoken to Mr. Anglin and that he was unable to comment on the situation immediately.
Minister Anglin did not return repeated calls for comment and also did not respond to any text messages or e-mails sent regarding his arrest.
According to a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service statement issued about the wreck – in which police did not identify Mr. Anglin – a 40-year-old man was arrested following a crash on West Bay Road near the Avalon apartment complex. The Avalon is located just south of Trafalgar Place and north of the governor’s residence.
The crash was reported around 2.30am Wednesday. The vehicle went into a ditch alongside the road. No one was injured. Police declined to state whether anyone else was in the car besides the 40-year-old male.
“The man was subsequently conveyed to George Town police station where he was charged with driving under the influence before being released on police bail,” read the RCIPS statement. “The circumstances surrounding the crash are being investigated.”
According to police, when someone is arrested on suspicion of DUI and the process is then completed at the police station, the accused person is provided with official notice of intended prosecution and charged.
In circumstances where a crash had taken place and the investigation had not yet been completed, the accused person would be released on police bail pending the outcome of the investigation. When concluded, the investigative file would be sent to the Cayman Islands Legal Department where the Director of Public Prosecutions would determine if any further charges would follow.
Police declined to state anything further regarding Mr. Anglin’s accident. His bail conditions required him to report back to the police station two weeks after the date of his arrest.
Wednesday morning’s crash was not the first early morning wreck involving the current education minister.
In August 2010, the Caymanian Compass reported that Mr. Anglin was driving home along Willie Farrington Drive in West Bay around 1am and apparently nodded off behind the wheel. His vehicle drove off the road and crashed into a large rock alongside the road.
Mr. Anglin was taken to hospital with slight hand injuries and was released shortly afterward. No other vehicles were involved in the August 2010 accident and no one else was hurt.
There was no suggestion at the time of the August wreck that Mr. Anglin had done anything wrong. In an interview with the Compass, he said the wreck was the result of “working too many long hours”.
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