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Published : 2012-05-01 14:51
Updated : 2012-05-01 22:16

Han Sun-kyo, a Saenuri Party lawmaker and head of the Korean Basketball League, apologized Tuesday for riding in a car driven by a drunk woman last week while knowing she was under the influence.

The main opposition Democratic United Party criticized him for not preventing drunk driving and the arrogance he allegedly displayed during police questioning.

Han Sun-kyo

Han was riding in the car after drinking together with his supporters, including the 40-year-old woman surnamed Jung, when it hit a passerby near a residential area in Suji district in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province around 10 p.m. Thursday.

The passerby was not injured. Right after the incident Han was called to the nearby police station after a witness reported it to the police.

The woman, whose blood-alcohol level was 0.128, more than twice the legal limit of 0.05, was charged with drunk driving. But Han was released without charge, the police said.

The 53-year-old lawmaker said he had a dinner along with a bottle of makgeolli together with his three backers, including Jung. After the dinner Jung offered him a ride to a nearby taxi stop, Han claimed.

“It was my fault that I did not know how drunk she was,” he said.

Meanwhile, the main opposition party claimed Monday that while being questioned by the police Han yelled and demanded the chief of the police station come out to meet him in person.

Han denied the allegation, claiming that the opposition party was making a false accusation to harm his reputation. 

By Oh Kyu-wook (596story@herldm.com)



새누리당 한선교, 음주운전 차량 동승

새누리당 한선교 의원이 음주운전 차량에  동승 한 사실이 30일 알려지면서 논란이 일었다.

한 의원은 보도자료에서 "지난 26일 용인시 수지 죽전동의 한 음식점에서  지지 자들과 술을 마신 뒤 한 참석자의 차를 타고 귀가하던 중 인명사고가 발생했다"고 밝혔다.

그는 "횡단보도에 내려와 있는 한 학생과 단순 접촉이 있었지만, 병원에 가보자 는 제안에도 이 학생이 괜찮다며 건너편 횡단보도로 건너갔다"며 "당시 현장을 목격 했던 목격자에 의해 신고된 것"이라고 경위를 설명했다.

또 "운전자 등 3인과 막걸리 1병을 나눠마셨고, 참석자 중 한 분이  택시정류장 까지 데려주겠다는 간곡한 청을 뿌리칠 수 없었다"며 "운전자의 음주정도를  파악하 지 못한 것은 저의 불찰"이라고 해명했다.

그러나 민주통합당은 논평을 내고 "한 의원이 사고 직후 경찰조사 과정에서 `서 장을 불러오라'는 등 호통을 치고 소란을 피웠다는 제보가 당에 접수됐다"며  "지인 의 음주운전도 방관한 행태는 비난받아 마땅하며, 경찰조사 과정에서 보여준 고압적 인 자세는 국회의원 신분을 남용한 것"이라고 비판했다.

이에 한 의원은 "어느 경찰서에서도 `서장 나오라' 운운하며 큰소리 친 사실이 없다"며 "민주당은 사실 확인조차 하지 않고 아님 말고식 허위사실 유포에 대해  사 과를 해야한다"고 반박했다. (연합뉴스)

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