'Inexcusable' actions

Canadian ski-cross Olympian Dave Duncan, his wife, and his coach are offering apologies after they were arrested in Pyeongchang for allegedly stealing a vehicle and drunk driving.

Duncan, his wife Maja Duncan, and manager Willy Raine were released from police custody late Saturday.

They had been arrested in the early hours of the day for allegedly stealing a Hummer vehicle that had been left idling and driving it to the athletes’ village.

The Canadian Olympic Committee released a statement Saturday to say while Korean police have released the three, they are disappointed in their team members’ actions.

“We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values,” the statement read. “We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals. All team members are expected to respect the laws of South Korea and all places we compete in around the world.”

The stolen vehicle was found an hour after being taken. Police allege Raine had been at the wheel, with Duncan and his wife in the back seat. One of the people in the vehicle was passed out when police arrived, the Canadian Press reports.

Police allege Raine had a blood alcohol level of 0.16 per cent. The legal limit in South Korea is 0.05 per cent.

In a statement, Duncan and his wife said they were “deeply” sorry.

“We engaged in behaviour that demonstrated poor judgement and was not up to the standards expected of us as Members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians,” they said.

Raine also apologized for his “inexcusable” actions.

“Words are not enough to express how sorry I am. I have let my teammates, friends and my family down. I would also like to apologize to the owner of the vehicle that was involved,” he said.

It is not clear whether charges will still be laid. Drunk driving convictions in South Korea can result in imprisonment up to three years, or a large fine.

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6South Korea58417
7Olympic Athlete
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