Chinese woman fined US$150 for drink-driving while trying to stop ‘drunk’ driver

After failing a breath test, police fine inebriated motorist and confiscate her licence, while her sober friend goes free

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 10:24am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 3:29pm

A woman in eastern China found herself on the wrong end of a breathalyser test after trying to stop her friend from driving while drunk, local media reported on Tuesday.

The woman, identified only as Shen, and her male friend Wang were in a car park in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, after attending a banquet.

Worried that Wang was in no condition to drive, Shen blocked his car by positioning hers in front of it, reported.

But in doing so she also tied up traffic, sparking a dispute with other motorists.

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Shen had earlier called the police, but when they arrived they gave both her and Wang a breathalyser test.

Wang passed his, but Shen failed hers.

She was ordered to pay a 1,000 yuan (US$150) on-the-spot fine and her driving licence was seized.

Shen was quoted as saying she did not realise her efforts to keep Wang off the road had impeded other road users.

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A video showed her denying having driven her car. But another motorist said: “If you didn’t drive, how come your vehicle is on that side? You pushed it with your hands or what? You have had something to drink and you can’t drive, do you understand?”

A police officer told Shen she was wrong to do what she had done.

“The best way to handle this would have been to take away his car keys,” he said.