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Conservative MP admits alcohol problem after car accident

The Local · 8 Jul 2011, 14:15

Published: 08 Jul 2011 14:15 GMT+02:00

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Andreas Schockenhoff of the Christian Democratic Union released a statement on his website apologising to his family and acknowledging that he has an alcohol problem.

Schockenhoff, 54, a member of the German Bundestag for 20 years, is his party’s deputy parliamentary leader for foreign affairs, defence and European Union policy.

“I’ve become aware that I have an alcohol problem. I have reached the conclusion myself that I need to go into medical treatment and in-patient therapy in the coming days,” he said in his statement.

“Recent years have been very demanding for me personally and health-wise. I regret the whole incident and apologise in every way for my behaviour. I am also sorry to my family and my friends whom I have seriously burdened with my illness.”

Schockenhoff is under investigation for drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident on Saturday night in Baindt, in his Baden-Württemberg electoral district. State prosecutors began formal proceedings against the MP on Thursday, daily Bild reported.

Schockenhoff has admitted he ran into a parked car outside a music festival and then drove away, though he says he meant to report the accident the following day.

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Police took a blood sample from the MP on Saturday night that showed an alcohol level well above 0.2 percent – at least four times the legal limit, Bild reported, citing prosecutors. He had his driver’s licence revoked, though he initially lodged an objection to this.

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15:48 July 8, 2011 by Englishted
Hindsight is a wonderful thing .
16:08 July 8, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Am a bit confused. He hit the parked car on Saturday night, left the scene of the accident, and meant to (but did not) report the accident. However, the police started their investigation the following Thurday.

So, how did they (the police) get a blood sample from him on Satuday night, if he left the scene of the accident and did not report it?

And yet, he (the MP) lodged an objection to his license being revoked, after having an alcohol level "four times the legal limit" and being involved in a "hit and run" accident!!!????
16:18 July 8, 2011 by lucksi
Police probably caught him on saturday and took the blood sample. And the Staatsanwaltschaft charged him -or opened the investigation- on thursday.

That said, he should be in jail. Suuuure he wanted to report the accident the next day. It's not something that you can do round the clock, no? Oh, wait, he was three sheets to the wind and maybe police wouldn't have looked so kindly on a report coming from a drunkard...

The DUI alone should have netted him a high fine -if not jail- and 6 months to 5 years of a revoked license. Put in the hit and run...
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