Rapper NO:EL Arrested For Driving Without A License And Assaulting A Police Officer During Probation

On September 19, Yonhap News reported that rapper NO:EL had been arrested on suspicions of driving without a license and assaulting a police officer.

According to the report, on September 18 at 10:30 p.m. KST, NO:EL had been driving a Mercedes Benz in the Banpo-dong neighborhood of Seocho-gu in Seoul when he had a collision. When a police officer arrived on the scene to check his blood alcohol level and his license, he refused to comply and struck them on the head.

NO:EL is the son of politician Jang Je Won and a former “High School Rapper” contestant. In June 2020, he received a suspended sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol and colliding with a motorcycle. His blood alcohol level had been high enough to suspend his license at the time. In that court case, it was also revealed that he had attempted to cover up that incident by switching places with an acquaintance.

A suspended sentence means that the defendant will not serve the prison sentence unless he breaks the terms of his two-year probation. As NO:EL was still under probation at the time of the current incident, it remains to be seen whether he will serve the original sentence of one year and six months in prison.

On September 19, NO:EL posted on Instagram, “I have no words to say. I will unreservedly take all the punishment that I deserve. I will work harder to become a more mature member of society. Starting with my fans, I am sorry to all the people who have been hurt because of me.”

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