Vigilant citizens cornered an illegal taxi in order to rescue the traffic police officer who was hanging onto its hood by the windshield wipers.
The scene was captured on the surveillance camera of a nearby building and posted online yesterday, where it was clicked over 6,000 times within half a day.
CDTV-3 reported on the incident.
The officer, Deng Lei, later explained that he had spotted a taxi with a suspicious-looking license plate number on Yangshi Jie Sunday evening and asked the driver to pull over. Instead, the driver sped toward Deng, catching him on the vehicle's hood, and continued to drive down the street with the officer clutching onto the windshield wipers for dear life.
A quick-thinking (and legitimate) taxi driver spotted the scene and attempted to corner the cab, failing the first time, but succeeding when a like-minded bus driver pulled up alongside the illegal cab. The second cab driver immediately drove his car in reverse 100 meters in order to corner the illegal taxi, forcing it to stop, and allowing Deng to disembark from the hood.
The pair have become overnight celebrities, with netizens dubbing Deng, the police officer, "Hold-Tight Officer" (坚守交警) and the heroic cab driver, Luo Honglin, "Backward Driving Brother" (倒车哥). Luo, who has been driving cabs for eight years, is said to be a reticent Internet star. He said that his action was borne of instinct, and that any driver in his situation would have done the same. The company Luo works for, Futai Taxi Co., said that Luo will be rewarded for his good deed.