Ex-forest ranger to serve 8.5 years for DUI deaths


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former forest station director for causing the death of two people while driving under the influence and confirmed his sentence of 8.5 years in jail.

Wang Chuan-chi, head of the Chengkung Ranger Station of the Forestry Bureau’s Forest District Office in Taitung County, said he accepted the final verdict, which cannot be appealed.

Wang is also facing civil liability for his actions and will likely have to compensate the family for the loss of two of its members. He said that his property has been seized by the court and that he will accept any penalty handed down by the court.

Wang’s car hit a motorcycle ridden by a university student with his sister sitting on the back seat on June 15, 2013, while speeding on a two-lane road in Taitung City.

Police discovered that on the day of the accident, Wang was driving while drunk and accelerated to avoid road checks when he collided with the motorbike, killing the brother and sister on the spot.

The Taitung District Court convicted Wang of the crime and sentenced him to 8.5 years in jail in February.

He then filed an appeal with the Hualien High Court, which was rejected, before making a final unsuccessful plea to the Supreme Court.