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Chinese provincial government chauffeur suspended for reckless driving on Beijing highway

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 1:34pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 1:38pm

A driver for a provincial government department in China has been suspended from his job for dangerous driving and waving his middle finger in insult at another motorist, according to a newspaper report.

A social media user posted footage of the chauffeur driving recklessly on a highway between Beijing and Hebei province, The Beijing News reported.

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The footage showed the driver’s black Audi cutting in front of vehicles several times after overtaking, its lights flashing, the article said.

“Luckily I braked hard at times or my car would have crashed into his,” the motorist who posted the footage was quoted as saying.

He added that the driver had been trying to change lanes to avoid being caught by traffic cameras but that he did not give way to the car. The Audi driver also rolled down his window to wave his middle finger as an insult, the motorist said.

The Audi belongs to a Beijing office of the Inner Mongolia provincial government, according to the article. The office has suspended the driver and ordered him to apologise to the other motorist, the report said.