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Chinese drink-driver’s plan to blame crash on his father foiled by candid V for Victory camera snap

Man caught out by gesture to surveillance camera just moments before colliding with another vehicle

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 February, 2018, 12:22pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 February, 2018, 4:42pm

A suspected drink-driver who tried to get his father to take the blame for a car crash in eastern China was caught out flashing a V for Victory sign on a surveillance camera just before impact, according to mainland media reports.

The 30-year-old driver, identified only by his surname Wen, called his father and asked him to go to the crash scene in Jurong, Jiangsu province, on the night of February 19, the Yangtse Evening Post reported.

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The father arrived before the police, who then breath tested the man and his son.

The son fled the scene and the father told the police that he had been behind the wheel at the time of the crash, the report said.

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But once at the police station, officers showed the father camera footage of Wen flashing the V sign not long before impact, prompting the father to admit that he had lied.

“[The father] admitted that it was his son who was the drink-driver and caused the accident. His son called him and asked him to go to the scene and take his place,” the Zhenjiang News quoted a police officer as saying.

Wen went to the police station the next day and turned himself in.

No one was injured in the crash, and the police had yet to issue any charges, the report said.