Hong Kong television star Mat Yeung has lost the appeal to overturn the reckless driving charges pressed against him. He will serve his 18-day jail sentence starting today (Dec 22).
The actor’s driving licence has been suspended for two years. He will have to pay a fine of HK$2,000 (RM1,137) and take a driving improvement course.
The verdict was given earlier on Thursday (Dec 22) at 10am.
Yeung was found guilty for reckless driving last November.
Earlier in September however, the 41-year-old star appealed to overturn the case, claiming that there was no evidence he had endangered road users by deliberately driving under the influence of alcohol.
He was previously arrested in August 2020 after crashing his car while driving on a winding road.
According to South China Morning Post, Yeung's Mercedes-Benz ploughed through a curb, slid 20m downslope and crashed into a road sign.
Police claimed that the actor reeked of alcohol despite him saying he was simply unwell. They also found that his car windows had been illegally tinted. Yeung allegedly refused to provide samples for his blood alcohol examination too.
China Press reported that Yeung’s girlfriend, Lisa Ch’ng, attended the court hearing today with her sister, Malaysian-born TVB actress Jacquelin Ch’ng.
The publication also reported that family members can still visit Yeung at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.