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Drunk driving puts Shanghai expat behind bars

A foreigner was sentenced to one month in prison and fined 2,000 yuan (US$307) in Shanghai for dangerous driving, the first such case in the city, local prosecutors said yesterday.

The offender who is not identified was accused of drunk driving and clashing with another vehicle on May 7.

The foreigner said he had several bottles of beer with friends at dinner. After that he drove home alone. But he was not able to stop his car before a red light and bumped into a car in the front.

Police found he was unable to talk clearly and alcohol tests showed his blood alcohol concentration was 1.9mg/ml, far beyond the limit of 0.8mg/ml, said the prosecutors.

The court said that considering he pleaded guilty and his drunk driving behavior did not result in a serious consequence, it gave him the one-month jail sentence.


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