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Drunk driver gets heavy jail term for causing policeman amputation

2017/04/23 22:45:28

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Taipei, April 23 (CNA) A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in jail for drunk driving causing a police officer on duty to have his right leg amputated, according to a ruling by the New Taipei District Court.

The court said Chen Yi-en (陳以恩), whose driving license had been revoked in 2014 for drunk driving, repeated the offense at 6:00 a.m. on July 16, 2016 -- this time without a driving permit.

After leaving a friend's in Jilin Road, Taipei City, Chen was driving on her way home in Taoyuan City under the influence of alcohol, when she hit and seriously injured police officer Chen Chao-hung (陳昭宏) who was placing traffic cones on elevated Provincial Highway 65.

In spite of a number of operations, doctors had to amputate the police officer's lower right leg and said injuries to his left knee and ankle could be permanent, which means his role as the family's bread earner had to be taken over by his wife.

The defendant asked the court to commute the sentence to however hefty fines may be handed down, which she told the court she will strive to pay "with a life time of work."

The victim demanded a compensation of NT$10 million, which is beyond the means of Chen Yi-en, who is unemployed, divorced, and with two children to support.

The civil suit on compensation will be handled separately by a civil court, as the criminal court has failed three times to have both sides reach a settlement.

(By Sunrise Huang and S.C. Chang)
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