British man with 'Taiwan' tattoo arrested for drunk driving

Barely a day after rocketing to fame for a 'Taiwan' tattoo plastered on his forehead, British man is arrested for DUI

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British man with "Taiwan" tattoo arrested for drunk driving.

British man with "Taiwan" tattoo arrested for drunk driving. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The British-born man, who rocketed to fame yesterday for having enormous Chinese characters meaning "Taiwan" tattooed on his forehead and a Taiwan independence flag scrawled on his chin, was arrested early this morning in Kaohsiung for drunk driving, reported Liberty Times.

At 12:42 this morning (Oct. 23), a police officer on patrol noticed the man, identified as Paul Ferrell, driving his scooter erratically and when he pulled him over, he noticed the man reeked of alcohol. Spotting the Chinese characters meaning "Taiwan" tattooed on his forehead, the officer realized he was the same foreign bar owner from the news reports the previous day.

Admitting that he had been drinking, Ferrell was asked to submit to a breathalyzer test, which revealed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.82 milligrams of alcohol per liter of breath (mg/L), well above the legal threshold of 0.15 mg/l.

At the time Ferrell was pulled over, he was reportedly incoherent and unable to respond to questions. He was temporarily placed in a detention cell, where he became highly agitated to the point of even breaking the toilet inside, before he finally passed out due to exhaustion.

In the morning, Ferrell was then transferred to the Kaohsiung prosecutors office for questioning, after which he was released without bail.

After an initial investigation, prosecutors and police found that the man has lived in Taiwan for 12 years, and has a record of drunk driving and committing arson, reported CNA. Six years ago, after marrying a Taiwanese woman, Ferrell claims he became a naturalized Taiwanese citizen, adopted the Chinese name "Lohan" (羅翰), and started running a bar called "The Kayak Club."

Ferrell was previously arrested for committing arson when he hurled a Molotov cocktail at a Family Mart out of rage over a hamburger in 2015.