Nexen's Kim Min-Woo Involved in Drunk Driving Accident

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Several sources are reporting about an incident that occured over the weekend involving Nexen backup infielder Kim Min-Woo. At around 5am Sunday morning Kim was involved in a minor traffic accident in Seoul's Gangnam district. Kim was driving an Audi and backed into a taxi. Kim attempted to convince the taxi driver not to report the accident. When the taxi driver did not agree, Kim attempted to flee the scene. As it turns out, Kim did not have a valid driver's license, and when police arrived they measured his blood alcohol content at 0.056%. The legal limit in Korea is 0.050%. Police estimated that his blood alcohol content may have been above 0.100 at the time of the accident. Kim's license had been suspended following a previous DUI offense on August 1, 2012.

The league responded quickly, issuing a punishment before noon on a Sunday. Kim will be suspended for 30 games, and will be fined 10 million won. This, of course, is on top of whatever criminal charges may be filed against him. As this is not his first offense and he attempted to flee the scene of an accident, jail time is a possibility. 

This is not the first time drunk driving has been a problem for Korean baseball players, as Lotte's Ko Won-Jun and KIA's Son Yeong-Min have both been involved in drunk driving accidents within the past year.