As the man drove his car through the busy market, he hit five cars and eight motorbikes and injured 7 people, two seriously. Among the injured were five adults and two children. The Taichung Fire Department was dispatched immediately to assist in the incident. The injured were transferred to Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital for treatment.
The driver reportedly backed up after the accident, crashing into more of the market, including buildings and pillars.
The driver said that he chose to drive through the market to avoid traffic, but he did not expect to have so much difficulty driving through.
Police administered a breathalyzer test and found the driver had an alcohol concentration of 0.25mg/L (BAC of about 0.05), after which the driver admitted to having a drink. The legal limit in Taiwan was lowered to 0.15 mg/L in 2013. Earlier this year, the Legislative Yuan increased penalties for drunk driving.
Police are still investigating the accident.
Update: According to an Apple Daily report, the man, whom the media outlet now says is 59 years old, registered an alcohol level of 1.2mg/L (BAC over 0.25).