Joe Chen Arrested for Drunk Driving
Taiwan’s “Queen of Idol Dramas” Joe Chen (陳喬恩) was arrested in Taipei on Thursday for driving while intoxicated. She was released after paying a NT$100,000 bail.
On the early morning of January 4, Joe was pulled over by police after she attempted to do an illegal right turn on a red light at the intersection of Zhongxiao East Road and Fuxing South Road. Smelling the alcohol on her body, the police requested Joe to do a breathalyzer test. Her blood alcohol measured 0.67 milligrams of alcohol per liter of breath (mg/L), above Taiwan’s legal threshold of 0.15 mg/L and more than Joe’s claim of drinking only one bottle. Reports say Joe was cooperative when she was being investigated by the police.
After three hours of questioning, Joe was released on bail for NT$100,000. Joe left the police station surrounded by a mob of reporters. Asking if she should release an apology to the public, Joe quietly said, “I am sorry.”
On Thursday afternoon, Joe released an apology statement on Weibo, writing, “Sorry for causing everyone to worry. I sincerely apologize for the potential safety hazard caused by this wrongful act. Last night, after bathing myself in alcohol at home, I drove to a place nearby for a midnight snack. I was then stopped by the police halfway, and was pulled over. I am definitely learning my lesson from this incident and will never violate traffic laws in the future. I was not being responsible for myself, and more importantly, I was not being responsible for others. As for committing such a bad example, I am very sorry! Also for causing worry for everyone, I’m sorry!”
Despite the apology, the Taiwan Against Drunk Driving organization slammed Joe Chen for being irresponsible with poor morals, pointing out her careless disregard for safety of others while driving under the influence. They further stated that her apology is unacceptable, and they urge endorsers and film studios to reconsider if they ever decide to cast her in new productions.
Interestingly, Joe had expressed about her desire to quit alcohol the past year. In March, she told fans on social media that she would rather eat three bowls of white rice than to pick up another bottle of alcohol.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.