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Drunk driver deported

A EUROPEAN man was deported last week after serving a 10-day detention for drunk driving, the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration said yesterday.

Zhang Xinguang, an official with the administration, said it was the first case in the city in recent years in which a foreigner was deported for drunk driving.

The man, who police identified as Peter, had stayed and worked in Shanghai for almost three years and was a manager at an upscale hotel.

According to police, the man crashed his motorcycle on his way home after drinking with friends at a pub. No other vehicles or people were involved in the accident. Peter had minor injuries, police said.

Traffic police said he could hardly talk when he was questioned at the scene. A blood alcohol test later proved he was over the legal limit, which is 0.2 percent.

The man was also fined 2,000 yuan (US$294.51) and his driving license was suspended for six months. It will be difficult for him to return to China should he decide to apply for a visa in future.

The administration said they understand that people are likely to have a drink at night in the summer, but warned foreigners not to drive after consuming alcohol as they could face similar punishment.

City police have been cracking down on drunk driving of late, especially on weekends.

Last month, a Turkish man, driving a motorbike, was killed after colliding with a taxi in Huangpu District. The cab's female passenger had minor injuries after the Turkish man landed on the cab's front windshield.

The taxi crashed into a sidewalk, but no one else was injured.

The Turkish man was speeding and the force of the impact broke his motorbike into two pieces, according to traffic police.


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