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Drunk driver given 7 1/2-year sentence for killing 2

2018/08/15 21:05:59

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Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) A drunk driver has been sentenced to seven- and-a-half years in jail for hitting three Vietnamese migrant workers in Hemei Township, Changhua County early this year, killing two of them and injuring the other.

The man, surnamed Chuo (卓), was charged with drunk driving causing death in January, according to a ruling released by the Changua District Court Wednesday.

The court found that Chuo, who had a previous drunk driving conviction and was on a three-year probation for a six-month sentence, showed a breath alcohol content of 1,150 micrograms per 100 milliliters, far exceeding the legal limit of 15 mcg/100 ml, after he hit the three Vietnamese women who were riding electric bikes in the wee hours of Jan. 9.

Chuo admitted that he had been drinking whiskey prior to driving, according to the ruling.

Two of the victims, both surnamed Nguyen, were dead at the scene, while the third received a hand injury. Chuo himself rammed his car into an electricity pole and was trapped in the wrecked vehicle.

The judges said they handed down a heavy sentence because he apparently had not shown any remorse about his previous conviction for drunk driving. The ruling can be appealed.

(By Wu Che-hao and S.C. Chang)