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American caught in drunk driving

AN American was stopped by police early yesterday morning for driving with more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in downtown Jing'an District.

The man drove past a breath-test checkpoint without stopping at the intersection of Yan'an Road and Fumin Road about 1:25am. He finally pulled his car over on Changde Road near Nanjing Road W. five minutes later as a police car chased him.

Following a breath test, the driver refused to take a blood test, police said. After more than an hour, he agreed to take the test about 3am.

A breath test showed he had an alcohol level of 2.46 milligrams per milliliter, three times the legal limit of 0.8mg/ml, said police.

They are waiting for blood test results before issuing a final penalty. Police did not disclose the driver's name or whether he had a license.

Expatriates' residence permits may be revoked if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau.

A southeast Asian caught drunk driving in August had his residence permit revoked, was ordered to serve 10 days' detention and fined 500 yuan (US$73.25).


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