Police Seize Phones Of Rapper NO:EL, Attempted Fall Guy, And Passenger For Drunk Driving Incident Investigation
Police will continue to investigate rapper NO:EL on allegations of attempting to arrange for someone else to pose as the driver in his recent drunk driving incident.
On September 12, the Seoul Mapo Police Station revealed that they issued a warrant to conduct a search and seizure of NO:EL, the passenger who was with the rapper in the car, and a 27-year-old described as “A” who said that he was the one who was driving instead of NO:EL. As a result, the police have obtained their cellphones.
The police plan to analyze data and conversations from their phones to check the validity of their statements that were given during first police questioning for the incident and compare them to evidence in order to determine the truth.
Five days ago, the Seoul Mapo Police Station revealed that they questioned NO:EL after his car collided with a motorcycle at around 2 a.m. KST. At the time, the rapper’s blood alcohol content is said to have been at 0.08 percent, which is enough to get his license revoked.
The police further revealed that a person known as “A” showed up 30 minutes later and claimed that they were the one driving. Two hours later, NO:EL admitted to both drunk driving and trying to blame “A.” He revealed that “A” is a close acquaintance of his and is not an associate at the office of his father (politician Jang Je Won) nor an employee at his agency.
The rapper also reached a settlement of 35 million won (approximately $29,600) with the motorcycle driver he hit while driving drunk. NO:EL has been booked for charges of violating the Road Traffic Act and “A” was booked for charges of harboring criminals. The police will continue to investigate the rapper regarding allegations of instigating “A” to take the fall, speeding, and leaving the scene of the incident without taking proper actions.