Musician Gao Xiaosong in an interrogation room at a local traffic police station, Beijing Tuesday, May 10. [Photo: news.cn]
Famous musician Gao Xiaosong was detained yesterday by Beijing police on drunk driving charges and may soon face a criminal penalty under China's new traffic safety law.
Gao injured four people in a four-car crash he caused near an intersection on Dongzhimenwai Avenue, according to various media reports.
A blood test administered early this morning indicated he had 243.04 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, greatly exceeding the drunk driving standard of 80 milligrams of alcohol or more for each 100 milliliters.
Gao admitted his wrongdoing and handwrote a note saying he was sorry and would never drive while drunk again. He also said he would take full responsibility for the consequences of the accident.
Gao could have his driver's license revoked and be prohibited from driving for five years under the new criminal penalties for drunk driving that took effect on May 1. He still has a right to a court hearing within three days.
The incident also means that producers of the influential television entertainment program "China's Got Talent" (literally "China's Talent Show") may have to find another judge to take over Gao's place on the program.
Gao had attended a press conference in Beijing yesterday morning to release the trailer of his directorial film "My Kingdom" which stars Wu Chun, Han Geng and Barbie Hsu.
CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.
CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.
'White House Down' John Cale (Channing Tatum) is on a tour in the White House with his daughter, only to suddenly find himself in an emergency in which he has to save his daughter and the President. Trailer Stills