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Suspect in drunk-driving crash detained

INCOMMUNICADO:An inebriated Chang Kai-chun sideswiped a motorcycle, injuring the rider, and slammed into a sedan, killing two people, an initial police report said

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The main suspect in two drunk-driving accidents in Pingtung County on Sunday in which two people died and three were injured was yesterday indicted and ordered held incommunicado.

The Pingtung District Court approved a request to detain Chang Kai-chun (張凱鈞), 21, after he was questioned by police and prosecutors, who have charged him with offenses against public safety, negligence causing death and fleeing a traffic accident.

An initial police report said that Chang, who had allegedly been drinking heavily at a get-together with friends on Saturday night, was driving a black Nissan Infiniti sedan, with a 29-year-old woman surnamed Wang (王) as a passenger, when he sideswiped a motorcycle near a school in Donggang Township (東港) on Sunday morning.

The motorcycle rider, a 23-year-old surnamed Chung (鍾), fell from the bike and was injured.

According to the police report, Chang did not stop, but fled the scene at high speed.

Heading into Kanding Township (崁頂), he slammed into a white Honda driven by a man surnamed Hung (洪), who was taking a 23-year-old woman, surnamed Liu (劉), to see a doctor, the report said.

According to the report and video footage captured by the camcorders of passing cars, Chang was driving the Infiniti at more than 100kph when he hit the Honda, sending the two cars sliding down the road about 80m.

The crash ruptured the Honda’s fuel tank, triggering a blaze that engulfed the car and trapped Hung and Liu inside.

Chang and Wang sustained minor injuries in the crash and were treated at a nearby hospital, police said.

Police administered blood tests on Chang and Wang and found their blood alcohol levels were several times the legal limit, at about 1.16 and 1.23 milligram (mg) per liter respectively.

The legal limit for driving is 0.25 mg per liter.

Police said they also found NT$1.1 million (US$33,711) in Chang’s car along with a ledger book and lists of names.

According to police, Chang denied any association with the items, saying the vehicle belonged to the boss of his company.

Prosecutors said they are still investigating the accidents and trying to clarify the source of the money.

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