February 24, 2018 / 8:13 AM / 3 months ago

Canadian athlete charged with a stealing car: South Korean police

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canadian skier David Duncan was arrested on charges of stealing a car in South Korea, where he was competing at the Winter Olympics, officials and Canadian media said on Saturday.

Duncan’s wife, Maja, and manager, Willy Raine, also were arrested, the Canadian Olympic Committee said. Raine was charged with impaired driving, CBC News and the Canadian Press reported.

The three were released on Saturday but restricted from leaving South Korea, CBC reported.

A police official in charge of international crime at Gangwon Provincial Police Agency told Reuters on Saturday that a Canadian athlete, his wife and manager had gotten into a car in Pyeongchang that had been left unlocked and unoccupied with the engine running.

The official, who did not identify the suspects by name, said the manager drove off with the car before it was stopped by police. The manager has been charged with drunken driving, the official said.

Once the investigation is complete the results will be sent to the prosecution, the official said, adding that unless the alleged offense was deemed a serious crime, they would be able to leave the country after paying a fine.

In a statement on Saturday, Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt said the Korean police had concluded their investigation and that the team members had been released.

“We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values,” Overholt said. “We are deeply disappointed in the behaviors of these individuals.”

The Duncans issued a joint statement saying that they were deeply sorry.

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

Raine said his actions were “inexcusable.”

“Words are not enough to express how sorry I am,” he said in his statement, adding he let his teammates down and that he also wanted to apologize to the owner of the vehicle.

(The story was refiled to correct the third paragraph to say CBC reported they were restricted from leaving South Korea, not Canada)

Reporting by Jane Chung; Additional reporting by Peter Rutherford and Jim Finkle; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Bill Trott

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