While last month during the first hearing of her court trial, the prosecution demanded atleast a one-year prison sentence for Park Soo Young, now the Seoul Central District Court issued a hefty fine of 15 million won, almost USD 12,790 for the offence on Thursday.
The court said, “While the defendant was intoxicated and in a state in which she could not drive normally, she caused a car accident that injured the victim. Her blood-alcohol level was also high, and a punishment that suits these factors was needed.”
“We took into consideration the fact that it is the defendant’s first-time offence, that the victim’s injury is minor, and that the defendant handed her car over to display her determination to prevent the offence from reoccurring” it concluded.
On May 18, Park Soo Young was booked after she ran into a taxi while driving in the Cheongdam area of Seoul’s Gangnam district. She was found under the influence with her blood alcohol level over 0.08 percent, enough to have her driver’s license revoked by the government.
While she was initially indicted without detention for drunk driving as per the Road Traffic Act of South Korea, the cops later reconsidered after the taxi driver involved in the accident was discovered injured with two weeks of treatment required for a full recovery. This added more to the charges against the actress as per the Additional Punishment Law on Specific Crimes, reportedly.
Later in September, Park Soo Young held a live session on Instagram to apologise for her actions. She said, “I wanted to apologize in writing, but I didn’t think that would be enough [so I held a live broadcast]. I am so very sorry.”
“Now, my life is over. It’s true that I’ve let everyone down. The driver (from the accident] wasn’t hurt that much, but the articles (were written that way). People are telling me to die, and it’s too much. Don’t people have a hard time at least once in their lives? In this situation, there are many (people) telling me to make an extreme decision. I did something very wrong, and I know that I did something wrong. I’m so sorry” she added.