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Chinese drunk driver ‘fails his English test’ after trying to convince police he is foreigner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 October, 2016, 3:58pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 October, 2016, 4:07pm

A Chinese man allegedly tried to convince police he was a foreigner by speaking in “faltering” English when questioned on suspicion of drink driving after a road accident, mainland media reports.

The driver, 33, began speaking poor English to police at the scene of the crash involving a car that had run into the back of a parked sports utility vehicle at 3am on October 22 in Chongqing, Police Joy Media, the national police social media WeChat news website reported on Saturday.

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Police received a phone call from the owner of the SUV, and found the other car empty and its engine still running with the gear stick in the “drive” position.

They spotted a man throwing up into a river on a nearby bridge.

In poor English the man told them he had nothing to do with the vehicle involved in the crash.

However, his English was unconvincing and police searched the vehicle and found his Chinese identity card inside.

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Blood tests later showed the man had 188mg of alcohol in 100ml of his blood – more than twice the level regarded as a serious drink-driving offence, the report said.

The legal limit for drink driving in China is 20mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood; a level of 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood is considered a severe case of drink driving.

A person convicted of such a serious offence could face a jail sentence of up to six months, the report said.

The man later allegedly admitted to police that he had consumed a large quantity of alcohol during a business dinner. However, he said he was so drunk that he could not remember who had been driving the vehicle.

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Surveillance video footage from street cameras revealed the suspect had been driving the vehicle, the report said.

The accident, which happened while the man was on his way home, caused severe damage to both vehicles, but nobody was injured in the accident, the report said.