Yesterday, NO:EL Police altercation happened in the process of accident. Last year, he was sentenced to one year and six months in prison and two years of probation in the first trial. Still in the probation period, last night (09/18) he had a collision with a car and had an altercation with police officer.
The Chronology of NO:EL Police Altercation
Based on Yonhap News (19/9), here is the chronological events prior and after NO:EL Police altercation:
- NO:EL was driving in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul around 10:30 PM the day before using Mercedes-Benz. This was when he had a collision with another car.
- The accident was reported and a police officer dispatched to the scene. It is reported that NO:EL was driving without a license. The police suspected NO:EL was drinking and asked for a breathalyzer for identification. NO:EL refused to comply and reportedly hit the policeman’s head.
- The police arrested NO:EL at that moment on charges of refusing to take a breathalyzer.
- After a brief investigation, NO:EL returned home. It is reported that the owner of the car he had an accident with was not injured.
Still in Probation Period | NO:EL Police Altercation Increase Imprisonment Possibility?
NO:EL is still in a probation period of his case from last year until June 2022 due to the accident in which he crashed into a motorcycle while driving in a drunken state in Mapo-gu, Seoul on September 7th, 2019 at 2-3 AM. The sentence he got for this accident was confirmed as neither the lawyer nor the prosecution appealed. If he is found to be drunk driving again this time, it means he committed the same crime during the probation period.
A lawyer at Seungjeon Law Firm, Min Hong-ki, explained “If the driver’s drinking is estimated to be a serious violation, police officers can decide to investigate the case further. If they refuse, they leave a record.” He also explained about NO:EL case, “He is not a first-time offender and has been sentenced to probation, then he committed a misdemeanor. There is a possibility that the investigators will seek an arrest warrant.” However, the crime he did is classified as a misdemeanor, not a serious violence, it means it is implausible for him to get prisoned. With that being said, NO:EL still continues his probation period and has to pay a fine in the new case.
NO:EL Instagram Story Update | Admitting his Mistake and Apologized
NO:EL gave an update in his Instagram story after the news of NO:EL police altercation spread (19/9). He wrote, “have nothing to say, I’ll try to be more mature people of society with all the burdens I have, I’m so sorry for all the fans and many people who’ve been suffered from me” He admitted his mistakes and apologized through Instagram Story.
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