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Drunken American Driver Destined for Mild Punishment in Bali

American Ryan Matthew Hunter to Be Charged in Drunk Driving Rampage that Injured Three

The Denpasar Police have named an American, Ryan Matthew Hunter (earlier reported as Ryan Matthew), as a suspect in an incident in which he struck two motorcycles and injured three people in a drunken rampage down the roads of Uluwatu, South Bali, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Reports in some media incorrectly reported that 22 people had been injured in the incident in which Ryan Matthew Hunter was involved in two separate accidents over a 3-kilometer stretch of road before being curbed by a crowd of angry locals who severely beat the American until police arrived at the scene.

The three passengers on the motorcycles struck from behind by Hunter suffered only superficial injuries.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the head of the Denpasar Traffic Police, AKP Adi Sulistyo Utomo, said on Friday, January 10, 2020: “Yesterday, after we put the suspect in protective custody, we had to wait for him to sober up so a formal crime report could be prepared. Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, we were able to communicate with Ryan Matthew Hunter and formally charge him as a suspect in accordance with the standard operating procedures of the police.”

Police say the American is being charged under the criminal code with a traffic offense punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of Rp. 3 million. That section of the traffic code states that anyone who purposefully operates a motor vehicle in a way or in a condition that endangers the life or property of others resulting in an accident that injures or damages property is guilty of a criminal act.

Once sober, the American was released on his own recognizance which is allowed under Indonesian law when the potential punishment set forth under the law is less than 5 years. Hunter is required to periodically report to the police while his case is processed by State Prosecutors and goes to trial.

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