From drunken driving to molestation, Luke Pomersbach has done it all
New Delhi: RCB player Luke Anthony Pomersbach was arrested on Friday for allegedly molesting an American woman in a five-star Delhi hotel on Thursday night during the post Indian Premier League (IPL) party.
A product of the T20 generation of batsmanship, 27-year-old Luke, used to play for Western Australia and Kings XI Punjab, before standing down from Western Australia in September 2011 to deal with personal issues.
Luke made his Ford Ranger Cup debut for Western Australia in their match against New South Wales in November, 2006, scoring 33 runs from 47 balls.
In November 2007, Pomersbach and fellow Western Warrior Shaun Marsh were suspended from the state side for drinking alcohol following a game against Queensland. Despite this suspension, he was named in the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI to play in the annual Lilac Hill game.
Pomersbach made a strange debut for Australia in December 2007. He was called up to replace an injured Brad Hodge in a T20 game against New Zealand just before the game was scheduled to begin. Luckily for him, he had planned to watch the match at the ground and was parking his car when he got the call. Luke went on to make 15 from 7 balls with a six as Australia crushed New Zealand by 54 runs. He also won the 2008 Bradman Young Player of the Year.
On 9 August 2009, after two hit-and-run incidents, Pomersbach was arrested and charged by police with failing to stop, failing to accompany police, driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of .08, assaulting a public officer, obstructing police and escaping legal custody. He pleaded guilty and was fined and had his driver's licence cancelled. The WACA responded by suspending him indefinitely. But, on 6 October 2009, he was awarded an extraordinary driver's licence due to hardship using public transport. He returned from his ban for Western Australia in January 2010.
In October 2011, Pomersbach stood down from Western Australia and the Scorchers to deal with depression.