Pyeongchang, South Korea: Canadian skier at the Winter Olympics, David Duncan, was arrested in Pyeongchang for car theft, after South Korea police stopped him driving a car which he stole after the owner left it unlocked and unoccupied with the engine running – officials and the international crime unit at Gangwon Provincial Police Agency said on Saturday.
Duncan’s wife, Maja, and manager, Willy Raine who were in the car (hummer) with him when he was stopped, were also arrested, the Canadian Olympic Committee said. Raine was also charged with impaired driving.
The three were released on Saturday but restricted from leaving South Korea.
A police official in charge of international crime at Gangwon Provincial Police Agency told Reuters on Saturday that a Canadian athlete, his wife and manager had gotten into a car in Pyeongchang that had been left unlocked and unoccupied with the engine running.
Once the investigation is complete the results will be sent to the prosecution, officials said.
In a statement on Saturday, Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt confirmed the “incident occurred,” and that they “take this matter very, very seriously.” He added: “We have information that individuals attached to our team were involved in the investigation and they’re cooperating.”
“We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values,” Overholt said. “We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals.”
The Duncans issued a joint statement saying that they were deeply sorry.
“We engaged in behaviour that demonstrated poor judgement and was not up to the standards expected of us as Members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians,” they said.
Raine said his actions were “inexcusable.”
“Words are not enough to express how sorry I am,” he said in his statement, adding he let his teammates down and that he also wanted to apologise to the owner of the vehicle.
Duncan finished eighth in the ski cross competition on Wednesday, while his teammate Brady Leman won gold.