BC-OLY-Canada-Athlete Detained, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 341 Canadian athlete, coach fined for taking auto at OlympicsEds: Updates with fines and release from custoryCanadian skicross athlete Dave Duncan, his wife and a coach have been released from police custody in South Korea after allegedly taking a vehicle during the Pyeongchang Olympics. He went out to celebrate with his wife, Maja, and his technical coach, Willy Raine. They have been banned from leaving South Korea, but the police says that they could be released if they pay a fine.
Police allege Raine was the driver saying he was caught with three times the legal alcohol limit in South Korea which is double the legal limit here in Canada.
The three of them were briefly taken into custody around midnight, but were released shortly after.
Duncan and his wife were each fined 1million won ($930), according to a police officer at the Gangwon Provincial Police Agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the press.
"It was cold and the vehicle was running so we took it", the athlete reportedly said at the time of arrest.
The Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt confirmed an "incident occurred", and that they "take this matter very, very seriously".
Raine offered a separate apology, adding his remorse for the owner of the auto.
The trio will not face prosecution over the incident, but could be sanctioned by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC).
"Words are not enough to express how sorry I am", he claimed.
"I would like to apologize profusely for my inexcusable actions", he said.
"I have let my teammates, friends and my family down".
In a joint apology statement from the Duncans they say in part "We are deeply sorry". "We have confirmation that individuals attached to our team were involved in the investigation and they're cooperating".
South Korean police have since released the three Canadians. "However, until we know the results of the investigation, we're not really in a position to comment much further".