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Driver charged for boozing, using Ma Ying-jeou’s name

WHAT’S IN A NAME?The motorcyclist said he signed his name as the president in anger, but prosecutors have said forgery charges will continue to be pursued

By Lin Liang-che and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

An allegedly drunk driver surnamed Lin (林) was recently indicted for forging private identity documents after he signed a traffic ticket — issued for driving his motorcycle under the influence — with President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) name.

According to the indictment issued by the Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office, Lin was pulled over by police at midnight on June 25 when he was riding a motorcycle close to the city’s Beitun District (北屯) without a helmet and while also driving in what was described as a “zigzag” fashion.

A sobriety test showed that Lin’s blood alcohol level was 0.43mg per liter, which exceeded the maximum statutory limit of 0.25mg per liter. He was booked and issued with a ticket for his violation while his vehicle was also detained.

However, when Lin was requested to sign the two documents, he used the name “Ma Ying-jeou” rather than his own because he said he was angry at the penalty. The police said his actions violated the law and have referred him to prosecutors.

During questioning, Lin confessed his wrongdoings, but contended that he had only used the president’s name after being momentarily overwhelmed by anger.

Despite Lin’s explanation, prosecutors upheld the charges which included the forgery of private documents.

“By signing the name Ma Ying-jeou, Lin has not only damaged the reputation anyone with that name, but he has also committed a traffic violation case,” prosecutors said.

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