May 18, 2014 2:51 pm

Security video shows Chinese traffic cop hanging from driver’s hood


A car driver was arrested Friday in southwest China’s Guizhou Province for dangerous and reckless driving.

A surveillance footage captured at the scene in Liupanshui city showed Zhang being stopped and questioned by traffic police officer Mao Taoyuan, but he attempted to speed off to escape a booking. He traveled some 1.2 kilometers with Mao hanging onto the car, positioned on the car’s hood, before he was halted.

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Officer Mao sustained no injuries. He was taken into hospital as a precaution, treated for shock. Zhang was arrested and taken into custody pending an investigation.

Police reports said Zhang was stopped after being caught for making an illegal u-turn on a road section at around midday. Coming to a stop on the road section, Zhang was questioned and just as the officer moved to write down the car’s plate number, the driver suddenly sped off.

“I did not even think about getting off the car,” Tao explained during a precautionary rest on Saturday, pointing out that he was determined not to let the suspect get away as he held on to the car windscreen wipers.

“I told him strongly to park the car by the roadside, but he refused to listen to me and kept driving.”

Zhang is now in detention for a minimum of 10 days after being charged with dangerous driving and endangering public safety.

© 2014 The Associated Press

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