"After speaking with him personally, we confirmed Jonghun was caught driving drunk by police in Itaewon, Seoul in February of 2016. He paid a fine of 2.5 million Won (approximately $2,200) and got his license suspended for 100 days. At the time, Jonghun felt he was not a well-known member of his group, and in fear, he tried to let it go under the radar by not speaking to the agency. He says he's very regretful and reflecting on making a bad judgment call. We found after checking with him personally, however, he did not make requests through the media or police as reported today in terms of ties with the police.
Jonghun will actively cooperate in police investigations to confirm whether or not these ties with police existed. If true, he'll take all related legal responsibility. Jonghun feels a deep sense of guilt regarding his past wrongdoings, and he's also deeply reflecting on causing disappointment to the people around him and causing harm to his group. Furthermore, he'll completely halt all individual activities and activities as a member of F.T. Island."
Media outlet YTN previously reported Jonghun, who's suspected to be a member of Seungri and Jung Joon Young's controversial chatroom, used alleged ties to police to cover up a DUI in 2016. After getting caught with a blood alcohol content of 0.05%, Jonghun is accused of asking a police officer to cover up the DUI to avoid the incident making headlines, and he's reportedly still in touch with the officer in question. The F.T. Island member is said to have told the chatroom members about the situation.
Stay tuned for updates.