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Jung Ho Kang Charged with Leaving Scene of DUI: Latest Details and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang fields a ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Kang threw Peraza out at first on the play (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
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Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang reportedly was charged with leaving the scene of a DUI, according to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News and Sung Min Kim of Vice Sports.

Kim shared a photograph of the incident in question:

Sung Min Kim @sung_minkim

Scene of the accident #Pirates #MLB https://t.co/u1QoE95ixB

Kim added that "Kang allegedly tried to flee the scene after causing an accident and was caught shortly thereafter." The incident reportedly took place early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob Biertempfel of TribLive.com offered more details:

Rob Biertempfel @RobBiertempfel

Correction: Kang's BAC was 0.084, according to police report. Legal limit is South Korea is 0.05. Penalty for DUI can be fine/3-year jail

Pirates president Frank Coonelly released a statement on Kang, per Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

Statement from Pirates president Frank Coonelly regarding Jung Ho Kang's arrest. https://t.co/kpFSjNGjXl

Kang apologized through his management company, courtesy of NBC Sports' Craig Calcaterra:

I'd like to apologize to everyone who is disappointed with me. Today, I got behind the wheel after drinking and committed an irrevocable mistake. I panicked at the moment of the accident and did something that I never should have done. I am deeply regretting the incident. I will humbly accept whatever punishment is deemed fit for my actions.

Kang, 29, has also been the subject of a sexual assault case. A 23-year-old woman said the pair met at a Westin Hotel in Chicago and Kang gave her a drink. The woman then said she drifted in and out of consciousness, per Andrew Goldstein of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Kang was never charged with a crime in the incident, although he was named as a suspect. Chicago police have said the accuser has not cooperated fully with the investigation.

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