Drunk Driver in Custody after Fatal Hit and Run

A drunk driver involved in a fatal accident that caused the death of a 16 year-old girl Friday, December 15, will be kept in detention after prosecutors requested a court order from the Hsinchu District Court today.

At around 9:00pm Friday evening, in Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County, a 14 year-old, male, unlicensed rider named Long (龍) was carrying a 16 year-old pillion passenger, when he lost control of the bike while attempting to dodge a cat, and crashed into a light pole. The girl named Liu (劉) landed in the road.

According to the testimony of her boyfriend, Ms Liu was conscious after the initial accident, and sat up and called out his name. She was then hit by a car driven by 45 year-old Mr Dai.

Mr Dai got out of the car, took a brief look, then got back into his car and drove off. Liu lost vital signs at the scene of the accident and was later declared dead at the hospital.

Police traced the car and arrested Dai around 2 hours later. An alcohol breath test measured BrAC 0.73mg/l (approx: 0.14% BAC). When first arrested, Mr Dai denied he was the driver and told police that his younger brother had been driving the car at the time of the accident. Dai eventually relented and confessed after being presented with evidence gathered by police that showed that he was the driver.

In making the decision to keep Dai in custody, the judge said that it was Dai’s 7th drink driving offence over a 15 year period. The offences he has been charged with carry a punishment greater than a 5 year prison term, and Mr Dai constitutes a flight risk.

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