US diplomat detained in Pakistan after car hits two

Islamabad: Police on Monday said an American diplomat was detained after his car hit and injured two motorcyclists here.

Police said the diplomat, Chad Rex Ausburn, was driving a Toyota Jeep on the Constitution Avenue at Secretariat Chowk around 9.40 p.m. on Sunday when he struck two motorcyclists who were rushed to a hospital.

Police officer Najeeb ur Rehman told the media that the injured were in stable condition, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said the driver was taken to a police station and would be released after the Foreign Ministry confirms his diplomatic status.

It is the second time that US diplomats were involved in a road accident in Islamabad.

A vehicle driven by Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, Defence and Air Attache of the US Embassy, crushed to death a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad on April 7.

The Islamabad High Court has instructed the government not to allow the diplomat to leave the country until his case is decided by the court.