A Westerner was arrested for suspected drink-driving after he crashed his car into an antique shop in Sheung Wan, Headline Daily reports.
The 28-year-old driver, surnamed Scott, was driving with two friends along Hollywood Road around 5 a.m. on Thursday when he lost control of the Audi sedan near the Lok Ku Road junction.
The car hit two signposts and a fire hydrant before crashing into the gate of Chuen Yue Pun Po Antiques.
Police arrested the driver after he failed to pass an alcohol breath test.
An employee at the antique shop said the car smashed the store’s glass showcase, causing about 30 items including jade jewelries and bronze statues to fall to the ground.
Some of the damaged items were six thousand years old while others dated back to the Qing dynasty, he said.
The shop’s owner is currently abroad, and the losses would have to be determined by the insurance company, the employee added.
Since the driver is suspected of drink-driving, the insurance policy of the vehicle might not be applicable to compensate for the damages, which, in view of the value of the antiques that were damaged, could be substantial, the report said.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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