Rapper NO:EL Receives Suspended Sentence For Drunk Driving And Attempted Cover-Up
Former “High School Rapper” contestant and rapper NO:EL, who is also the son of politician Jang Je Won, was given a suspended sentence in his first sentencing.
On June 2, the Seoul Western District Court sentenced NO:EL to a prison sentence of two years on probation, with a possibility of a prison sentence of one year and six months if he breaks his probation. He has also been ordered to undergo 40 hours of courses on driving laws.
In the early hours of September 7, 2019, NO:EL was driving under the influence near Gwangheungchang Station when he collided with a motorcycle. At the time of the collision, his blood alcohol content was at 0.12%, which is higher than the level (0.08%) that would lead to a license being revoked.
At the time of the incident, the motorcyclist suffered light injuries and NO:EL did not suffer any injuries. Right after the incident took place, he called his acquaintance “A” to come take his place as the driver, and he filed a false claim with the involved insurance company that “A” had been driving and caused the accident.
The courts stated, “The defendant drove under the influence and was not in a state to operate his vehicle safely, causing the accident. Not only was his blood alcohol content high, but he was driving over the speed limit as well. He tried to escape blame by lying that ‘A’ had been driving at the time, and he obstructed justice.” They then added, “However, we took into consideration the fact that the victim suffered minor injuries and the two parties reached a settlement, as well as the fact that he turned himself in to the authorities on the day of the accident, and he has no previous criminal record.”
“A” was sentenced with a fine of five million won (approximately $4,080) for aiding in the escape of a criminal and violations of the special law pertaining to insurance fraud prevention. “B,” who was in the air with NO:EL at the time of the incident, was sentenced with a fine of three million won (approximately $2,450) for aiding and abetting drunk driving, and violations of the special law pertaining to insurance fraud prevention.
Following the sentencing, reporters asked if NO:EL plans to appeal the court’s decision but he did not give a response as he exited the building.
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