Report: Canadian ski cross athlete Dave Duncan arrested at Olympics

A Canadian ski cross racer and another Canadian were arrested and detained for drunk driving and stealing a car at the Pyeongchang Olympics, according to local police.

An investigator with the Gangwon Provincial Police Department told The Canadian Press the two Canadians and an American woman were still in custody Saturday night in Gangneung.

He would not identify them, but CBC reported Canadian skier Dave Duncan, his wife and manager were in the group that allegedly stole a car while drunk and drove it to the athletes' village.

Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt was asked about the incident Saturday afternoon during a news conference announcing speedskater Kim Boutin as the country's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony.

Overholt confirmed that there was an investigation underway but he wouldn't disclose any details.

``There'll be an appropriate time to do that, it's not now, it's an evolving matter,'' said Overholt. ``We want to be respectful of all parties involved and when the time comes, we'll have further comment I'm sure.''

Detective Heejun Lee told The Canadian Press the driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol level of .162 _ the legal limit is .05 _ and the vehicle stolen was a Hummer.

One of the people in the vehicle was passed out when arrested, he said.

Drunk driving in South Korea can result in imprisonment up to three years or a fine of up to $11,750 Canadian.

Duncan could not be reached for comment by The Canadian Press.

Duncan, a 35-year-old from London, Ont., was fourth in the men's ski cross small final on Wednesday, putting him eighth overall.

Overholt did not provide specifics when asked about the transportation provided for athletes at an Olympics.

``I can't speak to the specifics of the circumstance and what may have led to the situation,'' he said.

``We have a transport plan for every Games, we work hard at all of that to be ready for everything in the context of our participation here, so all those things are true, but again I'm not familiar 
enough with the circumstances enough to tell you what happened in this case.''

The alleged incident is a black mark on what has been Canada's best-ever performance at a Winter Olympics with 28 medals won, including Sebastien Toutant winning big air gold on Saturday. One of the Canadian slogans for the Pyeongchang Games is ``Be Virtuous, Be Victorious, Be Olympic.''

The COC abruptly cancelled a scheduled news conference Saturday morning with women's ski cross racers Kelsey Serwa and Brittany Phelan, who had won gold and silver respectively the previous day.

Police are shown investigating at the scene after the alleged theft of a vehicle in Gangneung.

Younggil Ahn