Teen driver held as Porsche crashes into coffee shop

Top News | Amy Nip and Sophie Hui 14 Dec 2018

A 19-year-old was arrested for alleged drink-driving after a million-dollar Porsche rammed into a coffee shop.

The teenager, surnamed Leung, was driving a Porsche911 Carrera on Queen's Road Central toward Sheung Wan before 4am yesterday when he crashed into the cafe at the corner of Wellington Street.

The blue sports car broke the cafe's windows and plowed inside, leaving the shop a mess of shattered glass and petrol. Its bonnet flew open and the airbag deployed, but the driver left the car on his own.

His hand and head were injured and he was sent to Queen Mary Hospital.

Breath tests allegedly showed there were 65 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath, three times the legal limit.

Witnesses said he wore an Audemars Piguet watch worth HK$200,000.

The car, manufactured in 2001 and costing HK$1.13 million at the time, belonged to another man with the same surname. The owner's address was listed as a flat in Sai Ying Pun.

The teenager was arrested for drink-driving and later released on police bail. He is required to report back to police at the beginning of next month.

The owners of the coffee shop, a couple surnamed Tang, said there had been traffic accidents in the area, but the vehicles crashed into the pedestrian rails and not into the shop.

"We started [the shop] from scratch," said the female owner. The couple are worried about the repair bill as a small-scale renovation could cost more than HK$100,000. Her landlord and the shop's frequenters offered help.

Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said the owners are likely to get compensation. He said the couple can claim their loss through civil action. The amount should cover repair cost and revenue lost.

They can send a legal letter to the driver and the car owner. If they refuse to compensate, then they can take the case to court.

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