Driver involved in accident too drunk for breath test

A driver who crashed into motor scooters, injuring two people in Kaohsiung City today, was too drunk to perform an alcohol breath test, and had to be sent to hospital for a blood test instead.

At around 3:00 pm, the 57-year-old man, named Shih, crashed head-on into three motor scooters waiting at a red light at the intersection of Benguan Road and Jinding Road. Two of the scooter riders were injured and sent to hospital. The most seriously injured suffered a fractured hand.

Police officers found Shih to be reeking of alcohol. However, when police attempted to administer an alcohol breath test, Shih was unable to successfully blow into the breathalyzer. After several failed attempts, police finally had to take Shih to the hospital to have a blood test.

The result of the blood test showed that Shih had a blood alcohol level of 1.53 mg/l – more than ten times over the legal limit of 0.15 mg/l.

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