A traffic police attempting to stop a vehicle was carried on the hood of the car for 5 kilometers at speeds of up to 150 kmph while he clung to the underside of the hood and the windshield wipers.
A video that shows the car with officer on its hood was posted by a man surnamed Chen who had caught the incident on camera while heading south on Renmin Nan Lu toward the Shuangliu Airport. The link spread quickly around Sina's Weibo microblogging service.
Chen was passing Orchard Villas when he spotted an illegal taxi with a police officer clinging to the hood.
"The vehicle was going fast, swerving wildly to the left and right, trying to throw the police officer off! Following closely behind was a police on a motorcycle with its sirens on. It looked like a traffic police. A Buick was also following, maybe a citizen hero. The three vehicles were heading in the direction of Huayang. It was really a shocking sight!" explained Chen.
Traffic police officer Wang Gang was on duty Saturday afternoon near the Huaxi No. 2 Hospital on Renmin Nan Lu when he spotted a car making an illegal U-turn. In addition to the traffic violation, the car was missing its registration number, so Wang attempted to pull it over.
Instead of stopping, however, the driver sped up, causing Wang to give chase. The driver ran through two red lights heading toward the First Ring Road. At First Ring Road, Wang finally caught up with the car and again attempted to pull it over. This time, the driver swerved into Wang's motorcycle, causing him to topple off. The driver then sped off.
Wang got up and called for backup while still continuing to pursue the driver, who executed a series of quick U-turns in the Tiaosanta, Xiaotian, and Yulin neighborhoods. Wang was close on his tail and notified on-duty Yulin district officer Huang Teng to assist in the chase. The two officers had managed to stop the vehicle, one on either side, and were asking him to show his driver's license, when the stoplight turned green, and the driver abruptly accelerated, swerving slightly to the right and causing Huang Teng to fall onto the hood of his car. The driver turned right onto Tiansanta Lu and ran four more red lights through Yulin on his way to Renmin Nan Lu, while swerving and braking in an attempt to knock Huang Teng off the hood.
Several other drivers spotted the vehicle with an officer clinging to its windshield wipers for dear life and joined in the pursuit. The caravan gathered speed as it headed south away from the city center. With the help of the other drivers, the officers were finally able to force the car to stop and once again demanded the driver get out of the vehicle and present his driver's license. He refused, keeping the windows rolled up. Finally the officers used their batons to smash the window and remove the key from the ignition.
The driver had traveled with the officer on his hood for a total of 5 kilometers.
The 27-year-old driver, Ma Jian, is from a village in Zhaochang Town in the Cuiping District of Yibin. He has been arrested by the Gaoxin branch of the Public Security Bureau.
Huang Teng suffered concussions and is under observation at the hospital. Wang Gang suffered injury and scrapes to his right knee and leg.
The BBC reported that Ma Jian's driving record shows 10 violations and traveled at speeds of up to 150 kmph during the chase.
This incident follows a similar one in Chengdu that occurred in July, when a police officer making a traffic check was left to hang on for dear life on the hood of another illegal taxi while its driver accelerated down the road. He was rescued several hundred meters later by a pair of quick-thinking bus and taxi drivers. The pair were lauded for their efforts.