A US diplomat, allegedly drunk and ignoring red traffic signal, rammed his Prado (Land Cruiser) jeep into the CDA fire-brigade vehicle (Snorkel) near Radio Pakistan Chowk in capital Islamabad here Sunday, causing Rs 2.5 million loss to CDA.

According to Station House Officer (SHO), Secretariat Police Station, preliminary investigations revealed the diplomat was drunk.

Eyewitnesses said the fire-brigade vehicle was coming from Radio Pakistan Chowk towards National Library when the diplomat’s vehicle, breaking the red signal, hit it. They said after the incident, the US diplomat even did not bother to come out from his vehicle and later the US security personnel took him along with them without allowing the police their lawful procedures.

The Snorkel belonged to the Disaster Management Directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and was imported from Finland, at a cost to the Capital Authority over Rs 90 million.

Police officials said they waited at the site of the accident for quite sometime, but no one from the US embassy approached them. Later they lodged an FIR on the request of the CDA driver under Section 289 against the US diplomat Jimmy Mort.