Nexen's Kim Min-woo receives three-month ban for DUI

SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- Kim Min-woo, an infielder for the Nexen Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), on Tuesday received a three-month ban from the sport, after being charged last weekend with driving under the influence of alcohol with a suspended license, the league office said.

The KBO said Kim will be prohibited from engaging in all baseball-related activities, including team practices, official or unofficial games, and the playoffs. Kim will also be required to spend 240 community service hours in youth baseball-related activities.

Kim, 34, was charged with the DUI on Sunday after he hit a parked taxi in front of a Seoul hotel. Police said his blood alcohol content level was more than 0.1 percent, well over the legal limit of 0.05 percent, but added Kim's license had already been revoked a year ago under an earlier DUI charge.

Police said they also charged him with leaving the scene of the accident.

On Sunday, the Heroes suspended Kim for 30 games and fined him 10 million won (US$8,810).

The Heroes were tied in first place with the Samsung Lions, the two-time defending champions, at 32-18-1 before Tuesday night's game. The Heroes, which joined the KBO in 2008, have never made the playoffs.

As a backup infielder, Kim, in his ninth KBO season, was batting .292 in 33 games.

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