The son of a leading businessman was fined HK$15,000 at Eastern Court yesterday for offences stemming from driving his father's car without permission after drinking at the Rugby Sevens and colliding with a taxi. Student Clinton Tong Tsun-tak, 18, was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and disqualified from driving for a year. He had earlier pleaded guilty to a series of offences: taking a conveyance without authority, driving without a licence, using a vehicle without third party insurance, drink-driving and careless driving. His father is Carl Tong Ka-wing, the vice-chairman of eSun Holdings and a non-executive director of Crocodile Garments Former lawmaker Selina Chow Liang Suk-yee and Basic Law Committee member Maria Tam Wai-chu were among those who wrote character references for Clinton Tong. Clinton Tong's lawyer, Lawrence Lok SC, had told the court on July 13 that on March 27, a friend with Clinton Tong did not have enough money to take a taxi to her home in Bel-Air Avenue, Pok Fu Lam. But between them they had enough money for a taxi to his home in Bisney Road, Pok Fu Lam, from where he took his father's car. During the journey to the friend's home, the car collided with a taxi on Victoria Road, damaging the taxi and injuring the driver. The taxi driver was discharged from hospital on the same day and has already received HK$288,000 from the Tong family as compensation for damage to his taxi and his injuries . Lok said yesterday that the incident was the defendant's first offence. Clinton Tong has achieved excellent academic results, and was due to go to university, Lok said. '[His] school teacher and school principal have expressed a very high opinion of the defendant,' Lok said. He added that Clinton Tong's parents have made arrangements with the university he is about to attend so that he can complete his community service. The defendant had acted responsibly in the aftermath of the accident by helping the taxi driver, he said. Magistrate Bina Chainrai said that the probation officer's report was favourable. She said that this was a one-off offence because of the defendant's lack of judgment, adding that therefore a custodial sentence would not be the appropriate remedy. Clinton Tong's initial breath test showed 53 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. Further testing showed 33mg/100ml, which was above the legal limit of 22mg/100ml.