A man in Kaohsiung City compounded his problems after driving to the police station while drunk to inquire about how much he would have to pay for a drunk driving fine he incurred the previous day.
According to China Times, the 47-year-old man, named Chiou, was caught drunk driving on the morning of May 17. Chiou was tested and found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.22 mg/l. Chiou’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.15, but less than 0.25, and therefore Chiou was issued a fine, and not charged with the crime of endangering the public.
Chiou, who is unemployed and relies on odd jobs for a living, was depressed about the fine, and consumed four bottles of beer to drown his sorrows. Chiou then forgot how much the fine was, so he rode his scooter to the police station to ask the officers how much he would have to pay.
Police officers saw Chiou riding on the wrong side of the road, and on the sidewalk, before stopping his scooter at the door of the police station and asking to see the policeman who had issued the fine.
When police officers went out to talk to him, they noticed that Chiou reeked of alcohol. An alcohol breath test showed that Chiou had a blood alcohol level of 0.62 mg/l, and Chiou was promptly arrested and taken to the District Prosecutor’s Office to be charged for endangering the public.
Chiou was also found to be driving without a license, and will be punished for riding on the sidewalk and other offences.
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