A Chinese American woman arrested for drunk driving in April was granted mercy by a court in Shanghai yesterday, because of her pregnancy.
The Jing’an District People’s Court handed down a three-month jail sentence with a three-month reprieve for dangerous driving, along with a 5,000 yuan fine to a US citizen surnamed Yan, reports Shanghai Daily.
On April 14th, a surveillance camera recorded Yan driving a white SUV out of a parking lot and right into an iron gate, street lamp and parked car on Yan’an Middle Road. When police showed up, she failed a breathalyzer test and also failed to have a Chinese driver’s license, showing her American one instead.
The court said that Yan was treated with leniency because she was pregnant. She’ll be a great mom.
In China, it used to be essentially legal to drink and drive, just so long as you didn’t hit anything. Only in 2011 did police become able to press criminal charges on you for being drunk behind the wheel. Now it carries a punishment of up to 3 years of imprisonment and 5 years without license. But apparently significantly less if you are pregnant.
Maybe this dude should have tried using that excuse instead.