SEOUL Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman Kang Jung-ho was handed a suspended jail sentence for drunk driving in his native South Korea on Friday, the Seoul Central District Courtroom confirmed, clearing him to affix his group for Spring Coaching.
Kang, who had two earlier convictions for drunk driving, was charged with driving whereas intoxicated and fleeing the scene of an accident after his automobile crashed right into a guardrail within the Gangnam district of Seoul within the early hours of Dec. 2.
A subsequent check confirmed the 29-year-old’s blood alcohol degree to be zero.084 p.c, above the zero.05 p.c restrict past which a driver could have their license suspended, police stated.
Kang’s earlier convictions, in August 2009 and Could 2011, ensured he had his driving license revoked below a “three strikes” coverage and the Seoul Central District court docket refused a prosecution request for a abstract fantastic of 15 million gained ($13,zero05.03).
“Kang was fined twice already however drove below the affect once more, received into an accident and fled the scene with out taking obligatory measures,” the decide stated, in accordance with Yonhap Information Company report.
“I’ve concluded that fines would now not operate as a deterrent … since Kang acknowledges his wrongdoing and victims don’t want him to be punished, I’ve suspended the sentence.”
Kang’s companion on the night time, who initially claimed to have been driving the BMW on the time of the accident, was fined three million gained ($2,601.01) for mendacity to police.
The Pirates open their 2017 season with three video games on the highway on the Boston Pink Sox from April three.
Kang performed for 9 seasons in South Korea earlier than signing for the Pirates in 2015.
(Reporting by Jeong-eun Lee, writing by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Amlan Chakraborty)