Township cadre caught driving drunk

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 12:00am

An official in Guangzhou who fell foul of a crackdown on drink-driving claimed he had been doing public work while drinking and then tried to order the traffic police to let him off.

Liang Huiming, head of the party disciplinary committee of Lanhe township in Panyu district, was detained for 15 days on Wednesday night after a blood test showed a high alcohol level, The Southern Metropolis News reported. Mr Liang is also facing party disciplinary measures.

He became the first official in Guangdong to be caught since the Ministry of Public Security launched a two-month campaign across the mainland last Saturday to crack down on drunk drivers ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

Mr Liang reportedly refused to take a breath test, and showed his staff card as he asked the traffic policemen to let him off. He told them he had been drinking, but said he was doing public work at the time. While he was standing outside his vehicle, he made several phone calls in which he sought help from influential cadres to order the police to let him off. He was taken to a hospital for a blood test.