46-year-old off-duty police officer sentenced for drink driving incident in in Tsuen Wan

Wo Yi Hop Interchange

16th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) A 46-year-old off-duty police officer, Lee Chi-kin, was handed down a sentence at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts for driving under the influence and causing a collision with a public minibus last August. The incident, which took place on the night of 24th August, 2023, resulted in minor injuries to a bus passenger and highlighted severe lapses in judgment by the officer.

Lee was navigating his private vehicle along the Wo Yi Hop Interchange near Tsuen Wan when he made a dangerous turn into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with the minibus. The impact of the collision caused back pain to a passenger, necessitating hospital treatment.

During the court proceedings, Deputy Chief Magistrate Amy Chan highlighted the gravity of Lee’s actions, noting that as a police officer, he was expected to uphold the law, not break it. Lee’s breathalyzer test showed an alcohol concentration significantly over the legal limit, confirming that he was indeed driving while intoxicated.

In a somewhat lenient sentence reflective of his previous good standing and rapid promotion within the police force, Lee was not sentenced to jail but was instead ordered to complete 240 hours of community service. He was also fined HK$12,000 and had his driving licence suspended for six months. Additionally, he is required to attend a driving improvement course to address his behaviour.

The court acknowledged Lee’s otherwise exemplary career and the support from over twenty colleagues who attended the hearing, reflecting his generally positive work relationships. Multiple letters pleading for leniency, penned by colleagues and superiors, were presented, portraying Lee as a dedicated officer.