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Beijing drunk driver sentenced to life in jail

2011-05-20 04:50:10 GMT2011-05-20 12:50:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chen Jia, the alleged drunken driver who killed two people and injured two in May last year, is brought to trial at the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - A Chinese court on Friday sentenced to life in prison a drunk driver who killed two people and injured two others after crashing his Infiniti sedan with a car and a bus in downtown Beijing.

Chen Jia was convicted of endangering public safety by hazardous means by the No 2 intermediate court of Beijing. Chen was ordered to pay 3.66 million yuan ($563,078) in compensation to the victims' families.

Chen was found to have driven his black Infiniti under the influence of alcohol at dawn on May 9, 2010, when his car collided with a white Fiat and then a bus at an intersection in downtown Beijing. He is accused of fleeing the scene but was taken into custody 10 hours later, investigators have said.


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