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Singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong indicted for alleged drunk driving

All Headlines 16:09 April 25, 2017

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Tuesday they have summarily indicted singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol last month.

The Seoul Eastern District Prosecutors' Office said it sought a fine of 2 million won (US$1,700) against him. A summary indictment does not require a formal trial.

The member of K-pop boy band SS501 was caught on March 26 as he fell asleep for about 15 minutes in his car while waiting for a traffic light to change in southern Seoul, according to prosecutors.

Kim was driving on his way home after having a drink, they said. He woke up when police officers, who received a report from a passer-by, knocked on the vehicle's window.

His blood alcohol content was 0.075 percent, a level that leads to his driver's license to be suspended.

The 31-year-old, who served in the military from May 2015 to February this year, has been locked in a legal battle as his ex-girlfriend, identified only by her surname Choi, filed a suit in April 2015, seeking compensation. The plaintiff claimed that she miscarried Kim's child in 2014 after being physically abused by him.

In this file photo taken on July 8, 2016, singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend a hearing over a compensation suit filed by his ex-girlfriend. (Yonhap)

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