COWBRIDGE (Wales): A Conservative MP has been arrested following a crash. Jamie Wallis, the MP for Bridgend in Wales, said he was “assisting police with their enquiries” following the collision on November 28, when a car hit a lamppost.
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said there were no reported injuries in the crash on Church Road in Llanblethian, Cowbridge, which happened at about 1.10am.
The spokeswoman said: “The incident involved a car that collided with a lamppost. “A 37-year-old man from Cowbridge was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit. He has been released under investigation.”
A spokesman for Mr Wallis said: “Jamie was involved in an accident and is assisting police with their enquiries. “While this is ongoing he will not be commenting further.”
The MP tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week. “While this is ongoing he will not be commenting,” a spokesperson told the BBC.
In a message on Mr Wallis’s Facebook page, it stated that a planned surgery with constituents on Saturday had been postponed until the new year as he had tested positive for Covid.
According to a report in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Wallis, who was elected in 2019, was arrested after police were called to the “single-vehicle collision” at just after 1.10am on 28 November.
He was later released and police said that there were no injuries.
The paper added that sources in Llanblethian, near Cowbridge, where the alleged incident took place, said that Mr Wallis’s Mercedes hit the wooden post – which is also a telegraph pole – with such force that it snapped at its base.
It was claimed this then caused an internet outage for some residents until the pole was replaced earlier this month.
South Wales Police said in a statement: “A 37-year-old man from Cowbridge was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit. He has been released under investigation.”
Mr Wallis, who grew up in Porthcawl, studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford, before completing a PhD in Planetary Astronomy and Science at Cardiff University.
A former town councillor for Pencoed in Bridgend, he was excused from the council after it emerged he had not attended meetings for a period of six months.
However, Mr Wallis claimed he had sent a resignation letter to the council when he moved from Pencoed to Cowbridge. He then took up a position on the Cowbridge Town Council until he announced his candidacy for the Bridgend constituency.
In the December 2019 election, Mr Wallis defeated Madeleine Moon of Labour, who had held the seat since 2005.