Son Seung Won Receives Sentence For Drunk Driving Case
On April 11, the Seoul Central District Court in Seocho District gave Son Seung Won his sentence after arresting him for dangerous driving under the Additional Punishment Law on Specific Crimes and violating the Road Traffic Act by driving drunk and without a license.
The judge Hong Ki Chan said, “The defendant has already been fined for two incidents of drunk driving. Despite not taking care of the accident after the DUI incident last August 3, he was indicted again for driving drunk without a license and fleeing after causing an accident on December 26.”
He continued, “As he did not take responsibility for the car accident despite causing injury and damage to the victims, and since he claimed to the police that his junior who was a passenger was the driver, the nature of his crime is not good. Although the Yoon Chang Ho Law could not be applied to him fleeing after the accident, I cannot overlook the revised law, and after consideration of the social atmosphere that punishment for drunk driving should be more severe, he will receive a sentence of one year and six months.”
This is the fourth time Son Seung Won has been caught driving under the influence. According to police, the actor was drunk driving his father’s car around 4:20 a.m. KST on December 26 in the neighborhood of Cheongdam when he crashed his car into another vehicle. After fleeing from the scene of the accident, he was arrested by the police after reports from citizens. At the time of the accident, he had a blood alcohol content of 0.206 percent, which is enough to get his license canceled. However, his license had already been canceled on November 18 due to driving while intoxicated on August 3, 2018.
After his case was forwarded to the prosecution on January 7, he attended his first trial and requested for a conditional discharge on February 11, but his request was denied. During his trial on March 14, Song Seung Won stated, “During the 70 days I was imprisoned, I deeply reflected on my actions. I will never make this mistake again. I’m sorry to the victims who were injured.” It was also revealed that he had been receiving treatment for his panic disorder for one year and taking medication while serving his sentence.
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