South Korea detains Canadian skier for drink driving stolen vehicle

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25 February, 2018

Chris Overholt, head of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said the Korean police have now concluded their investigation and the "team members have been released". All three have been restricted from leaving South Korea, though their case will be expedited through the legal process.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games acknowledged the incident and said those involved cooperated with authorities.

Raine also apologized for his "inexcusable actions", saying that "words are not enough to express how sorry I am". It was likely the group would be released upon payment of a fine, police said. But Raine singled out "the owner of the vehicle that was involved" in his statement.

"We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values", Overholt said.

The CBC originally reported that the trio were arrested and released after hopping into an idling auto and driving it to the athletes' village.

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One of the people in the vehicle was passed out when arrested, he said. We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals. We take this matter very seriously.

Duncan, who started skiing at the age of 3, switched from alpine to ski cross - a timed freestyle event on a course made of both natural and man-made features - and placed 8th in the final this week. "However, until we know the results of the investigation, we're not really in a position to comment much further".

A South Korean police source told CNN that Raine, the driver, had a blood alcohol level of 0.162 when tested one hour after stealing the auto.

Canada have been one of the most successful teams at the 2018 Games, and on Saturday they reached a haul of 11 gold medals in Pyeongchang.

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