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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong singer Edmond Leung arrested for drink-driving after Mercedes-Benz hits roadside railing

Breathalyser test showed breath-alcohol level close to five times legal limit

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 January, 2018, 1:17pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 January, 2018, 9:56pm

Hong Kong singer Edmond Leung Hon-man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a roadside railing in Hong Kong in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Post understands that Leung, 46, failed a breathalyser test after the crash, with a breath-alcohol reading of nearly five times the legal limit.

The Canto-pop star was driving uphill along Garden Road in Mid-Levels near Garden Terrace soon before 2am.

Without revealing the name of the driver, a police spokesman said: “It is alleged that the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the railing while making a right turn into Robinson Road.”

Leung escaped injury in the incident, but the front left of his black Benz was damaged. Police said a section of the railing was also damaged.

The singer was arrested after a breathalyser test at the scene showed his breath-alcohol level was more than 100mcg/100ml, well above the legal limit of 22mcg/100ml.

The singer was then taken to Central police station. After questioning, he was released on bail and must report to police next month.

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Leung, wearing sunglasses and a hat, was seen speaking on his mobile phone as he left the station in a taxi before daybreak.

Officers from the Hong Kong Island traffic unit were handling the case.

Separately, a truck driver was arrested for drink driving after his vehicle slammed into a lamp post and toppled on its side on Ping Yee Road, Yuen Long at about 1.30am on Tuesday.

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The man, 44, had hand and waist injuries and was taken to Pok Oi Hospital for treatment.

Police said the driver was arrested after he failed a breathalyser test. Officers from the New Territories North traffic unit were investigating.