Canto-pop star arrested after crashing Bentley
Canto-pop star Remus Choy Yat-kit was arrested for suspected drink-driving after he crashed his car in Pok Fu Lam yesterday.
The 44-year-old singer and dancer with the group Grasshopper was driving a black Bentley uphill on Sassoon Road at about 7.50am when he lost control of the vehicle.
The car hit a postbox and fire hydrant at No 8 Sassoon Road and crashed into a fence at the junction of Sassoon and Pokfulam roads, near Queen Mary Hospital.
The car was seriously damaged, with the right headlight smashed, and police found a long trail of broken glass on Sassoon Road. The car's airbags were deployed.
Choy suffered a minor injury. He was treated by ambulance officers at the scene and declined being taken to hospital. There were no passengers in his car at the time of the accident.
Police said Choy failed a breath and was arrested and taken away for questioning. He was later released on HK$5,000 police bail and was required to report back to police later this month.
Police declined to say what Choy's blood-alcohol level was at the time he was tested.
Choy did not respond to questions by journalists waiting outside his Pok Fu Lam home.
According to police figures, 1,146 drivers were arrested for suspected drink-driving last year, up from 1,024 in the previous year.
Tougher drink-driving penalties and a new offence of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, have been introduced since the legislature passed amendments to laws governing road safety last year.
The new offence and tougher penalties came after public concern over a January 2009 accident in Lok Ma Chau, in which six men were killed by a truck driven by a man who had been drinking.
The new law instituted a three-tier penalty system, with the period of disqualification from driving growing with the blood-alcohol level.
Grasshopper is a trio comprising Choy, his brother Calvin Choy Yat-chi, and Edmond So Chi-wai.