Mercedes-Benz driver leads police on 14km chase after being caught using phone on highway

Construction worker, 28, and female passenger, 18, arrested; vehicle had fake licence plate and was reported missing last year

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 9:28am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 3:48pm

A man and woman were pulled from a vehicle and arrested by Hong Kong police after the duo led them on a 14km movie-style car chase.

The Mercedes-Benz was approached by traffic police on Tsing Kwai Highway at about 4pm on Tuesday when an officer found the driver talking on the phone.

But the 28-year-old man did not cooperate and sped off instead, prompting the officer to give chase. About a dozen other police cars and motorcycles later joined in.

The fleeing driver had to slow down due to heavy traffic as he reached Sha Tin Centre Street outside Sha Tin Plaza, about 14km from Tsing Kwai Highway.

He attempted to weave his way between other cars, hitting three of them in the process, before being surrounded by police vehicles.

Officers were seen approaching the car and ordering the driver and female passenger to come out. The 18-year-old woman, who said she was unemployed, was arrested first, shortly before the man, a construction worker, was pulled out of the vehicle and pinned to the ground.

The car, which had a fake licence plate, was confirmed as having been reported missing last year. Officers found a device for taking methamphetamine or “Ice” inside the vehicle.

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The driver of a seven-seater that was hit by the Mercedes-Benz during the chase said the incident had alarmed his wife and 11-year-old daughter.

He was worried about getting compensation for his damaged vehicle after learning that the car might have been stolen.

“It was really like shooting a movie. It kept charging and charging forward [between cars],” he said. “I was scared. My wife was almost scared to death.”