Colonel goes on drunken rampage inside Taipei MRT station

Colonel issued demerit for drunken fit inside Taipei Songshan Airport Metro station

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Songshan Airport Metro Station. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Songshan Airport Metro Station. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A colonel working for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has been given a demerit after allegedly assaulting a Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) security guard during a drunken fit on Monday night (Oct. 21).

According to local media reports, Colonel Yen Chung-kang (嚴仲康) of the ministry’s Department of Strategic Planning arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport at approximately 10 p.m. Monday night. Once inside the Songshan Airport metro station, Yen, who appeared to be an intoxicated and agitated, shouted and hurled a glass bottle, frightening passengers, reported UDN.

An MRT security guard then confronted Yen and a fight ensued, reported Liberty Times. Once metro police were dispatched to the scene, Yen argued and wrestled with the officers until they were able to subdue him and take him to the police station for questioning.

On Wednesday (Oct. 23), the MND announced that Yen had begun to act erratically at the Songshan Airport due to his depressed mood after a bout of heavy drinking that night, reported UDN. After being arrested for the alleged assault of a security guard and awakening from his inebriated state, Yen was escorted by military personnel back to his base and placed in a detention center.

The ministry said that due to Yen's improper behavior, he will immediately be issued a demerit and be reassigned as a consultative officer for the Navy. This is Yen's second infraction, as he had previously harassed a female reporter during another drunken episode eight years ago, a senior military officer told Liberty Times.