Shenzhen police smash BMW’s window to make driver take breathalyzer testPosted: 05/29/2012 1:05 pm
Drunk driving is a hot issue in Shenzhen after Sunday’s accident which killed three. However, that fiery crash in Shenzhen’s Baoan District has not deterred other Shenzheners from getting behind the wheel after one too many.
Shenzhen traffic police had set up 38 alcohol road blocks early Monday morning to catch drunk drivers. Around 3am, a dark BMW X5 was stopped on East Shennan Road, near many KTV and other leisure spots.
The male driver of the vehicle, Huang, refused to open the window when police asked him to submit to a breathalyzer test. After a 30-minute stand off, the officer broke the window of the BMW to force the test upon the driver. The results indeed showed the driver was under the influence of alcohol, although he wasn’t “highly intoxicated”, according to a press report.
“The man in the car just looked at us, wouldn’t open the window and wouldn’t talk,” said Liu, one of the police officers. “After half an hour, he started to make calls with his cell phone.”
According to Liu, as the road was blocked and cars were lining up behind the BMW, the police finally decided to smash the window after asking for consent from the operation command center.
Huang, the driver, finally agreed to the test and had his driver’s license temporarily seized after he paid a fine. Despite his intoxication, Huang drove his vehicle home with police trailing him.
The tough measure was largely praised by many netizens, while some questioned who would pay for a window replacement.
The Shenzhen Traffic Police Bureau explained that it will compensate the driver for any loss caused by the smashing of the window.