LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Joshua Booth was detained by police after the Australian men’s eight crew member was allegedly acting up. Joshua Booth, an Australian Olympic rower, competed in the men’s eight Wednesday. He then went out drinking. But on Thursday at 3 am local time, Booth was detained by police after allegations that the rower caused damage to the front of a store.
Booth was questioned by police. At the police station, Booth who had allegedly been drinking Wednesday afternoon, fainted. He was released and warned by police. But no arrest or charges were pursued. Police however are still investigating the matter.
Booth is a 21 year old who competed in his first Olympics yesterday. His team finishes sixth. The storefront damaged was reportedly close to the rowing located at Eton Dorney.
In a news statement moments ago, Nick Green, Australia’s Olympic Commission chef de mission, said the following of Booth. ” He was taken to a police station. He fainted while he was there and hit his head at the police station and was taken to the hospital for precaution. He was released from the hospital and is now back in the rowing village, rowing centre accommodation.” He added that Booth was “was released as I said and no charges were laid. He has to go back to the police station tomorrow where the police will investigate the matter and make some outcomes out of their investigation.”
Coxswain Toby Lister told news that he hadn’t seen Booth since 10 pm Wednesday night. But he said Booth and other rowers had consumed a “few beers” after they finished sixth earlier in the day.