Kang, who had two previous convictions for drunk driving, was
charged with driving while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of
an accident after his car crashed into a guardrail in the
Gangnam district of Seoul in the early hours of Dec. 2.
A subsequent test showed the 29-year-old's blood alcohol level
to be 0.084 percent, above the 0.05 percent limit beyond which a
driver will have their license suspended, police said.
Kang's previous convictions, in August 2009 and May 2011,
ensured he had his driving license revoked under a "three
strikes" policy and the Seoul Central District court refused a
prosecution request for a summary fine of 15 million won
"Kang was fined twice already but drove under the influence
again, got into an accident and fled the scene without taking
necessary measures," the judge said, according to Yonhap News
"I have concluded that fines would no longer function as a
deterrent ... since Kang acknowledges his wrongdoing and victims
do not want him to be punished, I have suspended the sentence."
Kang's companion on the night, who initially claimed to have
been driving the BMW at the time of the accident, was fined 3
million won ($2,601.01) for lying to police.
The Pirates open their 2017 season with three games on the road
at the Boston Red Sox from April 3.
Kang played for nine seasons in South Korea before signing for
the Pirates in 2015.
(Reporting by Jeong-eun Lee, writing by Nick Mulvenney, editing
by Amlan Chakraborty)
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