Fri, May 07, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Jacky Wu caught in dispute at check for drunk driving

AP , TAIPEI

Singer and TV star Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) quarreled with police for nearly an hour yesterday morning after they stopped his car in Taipei and said they wanted to test him for drunk driving.

Cable TV stations showed Wu -- whose variety shows are also popular in Singapore and Malaysia -- arguing with officers as he sat in the driver's seat of a black Mercedes-Benz.

At one point he rolled up the car's dark tinted window as officers standing next to the car tried to question him.

When the officers asked for his vehicle registration, the gum-chewing Wu declined to show it to them.

"I've already opened the window and let you know who I am. I haven't done anything. Do you think I've done something?" Wu said in the footage shown by a local TV cable news.

One officer replied: "Then why don't you let us test you?"

The police told TVBS they were just doing a routine traffic check when they pulled Wu over.

Three young women got out of the car, covered their faces and hurried away as TV cameras chased them.

After arguing for about an hour, Wu -- who is married -- got into a police car and went to the police station.

If convicted of drunk driving, he could be fined up to NT$34,500 (US$1,045) and lose his license for a year.

When he left the police station, Wu told SETN cable news, "Look at me walk in such a straight way. I didn't drink anything."

But a moment later, Wu said, "Actually, I did drink just a little bit."

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