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Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang Arrested in South Korea for Leaving Scene of DUI Crash (Dashcam Video)
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea on Friday morning for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Kang, 29, crashed his BMW into a guardrail on the streets of Seoul around 2:45 a.m. local time. He then left the scene on foot. He was later arrestd and found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.084 percent. While that is just a fraction above the legal in the United States, it is significantly above the legal limit of 0.05 in South Korea.
South Korean news channel YTN obtained dashcam footage of the wreck. Kang’s car can be seen going too fast into a turn, mounting a curb, and running through a railing. YTN also obstained photos of the damange to Kang’s car.
Take a look:
According to the Korean Times, an unidentified person sitting in the passenger seat at the time of the crash initially told police he or she was driving. However, after analyzing the dashcam footage, police determined Kang was behind the wheel.
Oh, and since you’re probably wondering…
Basically every Korean cars have dash cams, aka Blackboxes as they are called over here https://t.co/qcbT3DVHXe
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) December 2, 2016
Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, who was himself arrested for a DUI in 2011, issued the following statement:
We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea.
We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know first hand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured.
We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player.
It’s unclear at this time if Kang’s legal troubles in South Korea will impact his ability to resume his MLB career in the United States.