K-Pop singer Hwanhee charged with DUI

From Korea Joongang Daily:

Hwanhee, a member of veteran pop duo Fly to the Sky, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol on Saturday.

Yongin Seobu Police Station said Hwanhee, whose real name is Hwang Yoon-seok, was booked without physical detention for drunk driving.

The 38-year-old singer was questioned by police after his Mercedes-Benz hit a Hyundai Avante sedan that was changing lanes on a road in Yongin, south of Seoul, around 6 a.m. An insurance agent dispatched to the scene reported the accident to police, suspecting that Hwanhee had been drinking.

Police said the singer’s blood alcohol level was 0.061 percent, which is enough to warrant the revocation of his driver’s license.

Police said Hwanhee admitted to drinking and driving, adding that he will summoned next week to talk about the DUI accident.

Hwanhee’s management agency, H2media, later released a statement apologizing for Hwanhee’s drunk driving, saying that the singer will fully comply with the police investigation and will accept punishment.

Unlike Illinois, where the “legal limit” for a DUI is 0.08, Korea recently reduced its limit to from 0.06 to 0.03.

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