Planet China

Police drama

We’ve written some extraordinary stories in this column about drink-driving, but media reports from Sichuan province indicate the most incredible instance yet. On this occasion the offender was actually a policeman, who was suspected of driving under the influence. The South China Morning Post reports that Chen Jian, a traffic police officer, crashed into four vehicles at a crossroads in the city of Neijiang, injuring five people. He then tried to flee the scene, but was accosted by passers-by and an increasingly enraged crowd. Bystanders found a police uniform in his unmarked car along with an expensive bottle of spirits. The crowd’s anger grew when an on-duty policeman arrived at the scene and saluted Chen. Video footage from the incident showed police using a loud hailer to try and calm the fractious crowd. Since then the local police department has confirmed the driver was Chen and that “the case would be handled properly”.

Neijiang is a prefecture level city in the southeast of Sichuan with a population of 3.7 million; it is 54 minutes away from the provincial capital Chengdu by high-speed train.

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