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Retired table tennis star booked on drunk driving charges

2014/10/01 09:39

SEONGNAM, South Korea, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) -- A retired table tennis star was booked without physical detention on Wednesday on charges of causing an accident while driving under the influence, police said.

The pre-dawn accident took place at about 12:50 a.m. when Hyun Jeong-hwa, 44, hit a taxi at an intersection in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, Bundang Police Station said.

The crash left one passenger of the taxi injured. The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Hyun had a blood alcohol level of 0.201 percent, well over the legal limit, police said.

During police questioning, Hyun, who is the coach of the Korea Racing Authority's table tennis team, said she didn't remember with whom or where she was drinking.

"We allowed her to return home because she was very drunk. We'll set the schedule for questioning her later," the police officer in charge of the case said on condition of anonymity.

Hyun is one of the country's most famous table tennis stars. She won the gold medal in the women's doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and attended the opening ceremony of the ongoing 2014 Incheon Asian Games as a member of a flag-bearing squad composed of retired athletes.