Simpson Thacher Hong Kong partner arrested for drink driving

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Hong Kong partner Chen Leiming was arrested last Thursday following a road accident in Hong Kong, according to a local newspaper in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao reported the collision, which occurred at around 11:50pm on 21 June. It was reported that Chen was driving a Porsche sports car and was involved in a side collision with a mini bus in Stanley on the south eastern part of Hong Kong Island. No one was seriously injured, however both drivers suffered head and neck pain and were cared for by paramedics. 

Following the collision, the Hong Kong police conducted breath tests on both drivers and Chen was found to have exceeded the prescribed limit of alcohol in his breath.

The 51-year-old lawyer was arrested for drink driving, but was later released on bail and will report back to the police on 6 August.

In May, Clifford Chance’s Asia managing partner Peter Charlton was charged with one count each of ’driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration in breath over prescribed limit’ and ’careless driving’ (17 May 2012).

Under Hong Kong’s Road Traffic Ordinance, the general maximum penalties for convicted drink driving include a fine of up to HK$25,000, imprisonment for up to three years and disqualification from driving for up to two years.