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Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Drink-driver rams Porsche into front of cafe in Sheung Wan after night out

  • The 19-year-old failed a breathalyser test after the incident and was taken to Queen Mary Hospital with minor injuries
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 2:43pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 4:20pm

A 19-year-old motorist was arrested for drink-driving after he lost control of his Porsche and rammed into a cafe near Hong Kong’s nightlife district in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The man escaped serious injury in the crash which happened at the junction of Queen’s Road Central and Wellington Street in Sheung Wan at 3.48am. The site is about 600 metres away from the city’s entertainment hub Lan Kwai Fong.

The blue 911 Carrera Coupé, a 2001 model bought for HK$1.1 million, was travelling along Queen’s Road Central at the time of the incident.

In a statement, police said: “Initial investigation showed the vehicle ran out of control and slammed into the premises. The driver left the vehicle after the accident.”

The man suffered hand injuries and bruising on his head and was taken to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.

The Porsche suffered extensive damage to the front after it mounted the pavement and half of the vehicle entered the cafe.

The glass door and large plate glass windows of the Greenfield Cafe, which was closed for business at the time, were shattered in the incident.

The owner of the cafe said it was the first such incident since her cafe opened for business more than 10 years ago.

According to police, the driver was arrested for drink-driving after he failed a breathalyser test.

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