After consuming a huge quantity of hard liquor, a Brazilian man confident of his driving abilities made the 700 kilometer journey from Chongqing to Hubei, eventually startling a toll-gate employee.
The Chutian Metropolis Daily reported on Wednesday that police had stopped a car which drove slowly through the Changyang toll-gate on the Chongqing-Shanghai expressway, only to find an inebriated Chinese-speaking foreigner inside.
The driver turned out to be a Brazilian man engaged in the import and export trade, who earlier had drank over 500ml of Wuliangye baijiu, a potent Chinese spirit with a 52 percent alcohol content. A breathalyzer test indicated that the man’s blood at the time of testing was 169 milligrams per 100 milliliters, well in excess of the 80 milligram Chinese legal limit. We can only imagine how high it was eight hours earlier when he embarked on his cross-country drive.
Police are currently investigating the Brazilian in question for dangerous driving. Perhaps he will suffer the same fate as this expat, who in 2010 earned the dubious accolade of being the first foreigner to be deported from China for drunk driving.
By Dominic Jackson