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Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah
JapanToday.com ^ | 26FEB2014 | BRADY McCOMBS

Posted on 03/01/2014 11:33:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine

Edited on 03/01/2014 2:35:12 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

SALT LAKE CITY The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah.


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1 posted on 03/01/2014 11:33:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Funny how some people living strict lives at home just go haywire in America. Same thing with some German tourists in Italy... let alone those going to Thailand.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 11:42:19 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

These Cops are morons.

all they had to do was run the plates and find that it was rented by family from JAPAN-

OH THAT TAKES AT LEAST AN HOUR

These COPS ARE MORONS-


3 posted on 03/01/2014 11:45:44 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Wow. Really well handled by the officers. You don’t see that much anymore.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 11:45:46 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Jack Hydrazine

If only they knew how close they were to getting shot in the head.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 11:46:06 AM PST by DManA
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To: lavaroise

Before these people ever foreign travel again, they need to learn some of the basic laws. Unbelievable they reacted this way.


6 posted on 03/01/2014 11:46:33 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Why do I get the feeling that this didn’t happen exactly as reported?

If you are without a driver’s license, who would rent you a car?


7 posted on 03/01/2014 11:46:37 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Jack Hydrazine
It looks like a Number 11 needs to be added to this list of 10 Japanese Travel Tips for Visiting America.
8 posted on 03/01/2014 11:47:12 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: bunkerhill7

Disagree. Chase was instant. You can’t run plates and go, oh gee, it’s a Japanese family, let’s let ‘em go. it couldn’t possible be a criminal or anyone bad.

I’m just gonna go with that you were being sarcastic.

Well done by the officers.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 11:47:21 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: lavaroise

We had a Japanese exchange student, and she Japanese drivers are nuts.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 11:47:37 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: bunkerhill7

Yeh, completely ignore that they were breaking traffic laws left and right. Who is the moron?


11 posted on 03/01/2014 11:48:07 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Fer cripes sake - someone call them a cab!


12 posted on 03/01/2014 11:49:20 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: bunkerhill7

@ Post 3 - unless you are being sarcastic, I don’t even know where to begin.


13 posted on 03/01/2014 11:50:46 AM PST by volunbeer
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To: Jack Hydrazine

This must have been close to St. George, Utah if not within the city limits.


14 posted on 03/01/2014 11:52:46 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thank God no dogs were murdered.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 11:54:36 AM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: DManA

I’m guessing they didn’t get shot up because this was a DUI trap and there were a lot of other cops around, most with cameras running to nail drunks.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 11:55:00 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: rockrr
Fer cripes sake - someone call them a cab!

_____________________________________________

Ok, if you insist, “They're a cab”.

17 posted on 03/01/2014 11:56:05 AM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

So they don’t have police cars in Japan?


18 posted on 03/01/2014 11:56:14 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Patrolmen took the family to a motel and wished them safe travels.

I love a happy ending.

19 posted on 03/01/2014 11:58:28 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: RIghtwardHo

Even though I have become very anti-LEO, I think the cops did handle this well.

However, having done business in Japan for decades, I can see how this situation evolved. The average Japanese is very easily rattled in the presence of police.


20 posted on 03/01/2014 11:58:55 AM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I call bull$hit. Cops operate the same way around the world in the case of a traffic stop. How do I know? Been pulled over in:

Germany
UK
Japan
S. Korea

AND the Asians were not polite or pleasant.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 11:59:00 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: Jack Hydrazine
“Regardless of nationality and language, when we put lights on, people pull over and stop.”

I think we are approaching the day when people switch over to either a Flight or Fight response rather than a "The-Government-Would-Never-Hurt-Me-I'll-Just-Do-As-They-Say" approach.

22 posted on 03/01/2014 12:00:31 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SamAdams76
Police Cars of Japan
23 posted on 03/01/2014 12:00:55 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It’s them crazy Asian drivers.....
Type “crazy asian drivers” at google. One video after another. Meanwhile Americans drive responsibly.

How Asian driver sees the road.
http://onlylol.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/normal-person-vs-asian-person-driving_thumb.jpg


24 posted on 03/01/2014 12:01:35 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Somewhat surprised they didn’t pin her to the ground and suffocate her while applying the handcuffs.

And it’s a good thing they didn’t have a dog.


25 posted on 03/01/2014 12:02:12 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: bunkerhill7
These COPS ARE MORONS-

I believe that is one of the prerequisites to become a cop, especially if they aspire to the 0bama SS.

Too bad these tourists didn't have a dog for the cops to shoot.

26 posted on 03/01/2014 12:03:10 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: rockrr

“Fer cripes sake - someone call them a cab!”

Yeah, I hope they didn’t really just “let them go on their way” as stated. I wonder if they didn’t have driver licenses because they don’t drive in Japan? And hard to believe they had made it all the way from California.


27 posted on 03/01/2014 12:05:51 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
The pursuit began at 1 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 15 near the Utah-Arizona border when the couple’s car was spotted going just 37 mph (60 kph) and swerving between lanes, said Lt. Brad Horne, Utah Highway Patrol’s DUI unit commander.

More than a dozen patrolmen were working the area in a special DUI (Driving Under the Influence) operation, and Horne said he figured the car was being driven by a drunken driver. Horne turned on his lights and siren to pull the car over.

Virgin River Canyon is a scary place especially at 1:00 in the morning. So they were in a motel in St. George last night which means they are now trying to figure out how to get through Zion National Park which means I should watch for them at my front door asking for directions any moment now.

28 posted on 03/01/2014 12:06:57 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: steve86

Here is the inside of a Japanese police car.
http://www.sickchirpse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/hello-kitty-car-interior.jpg


29 posted on 03/01/2014 12:08:13 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: jjotto

“If you are without a driver’s license, who would rent you a car?”

Funny thing is that you can’t rent a car in Japan with a normal state-issued driver’s license. You have to have an “International Driver’s License” which is an otherwise useless piece of paper you have to get through AAA.


30 posted on 03/01/2014 12:09:14 PM PST by vette6387
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To: lavaroise

It’s the same when Americans go overseas.


31 posted on 03/01/2014 12:10:00 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SgtHooper

Well-traveled Americans in Asia have been pretty clueless, too. This is especially sad because in some cases business deals fall through. Many travelers here and abroad, think they’re cosmopolitan in the ways of the entire globe, often because they watch the Travel or NatGeo Channels.

During Il Palio in Siena, Italy in 1999, some Italian friends and I watched an American tourist speak English slowly and raise his voice to an elderly Italian woman as if that would have made his question understandable. It was pretty funny because it was at the public restrooms and he finally gave up and started gesturing for more toilet paper by imitating wiping his ass.


32 posted on 03/01/2014 12:10:58 PM PST by 12Gauge687
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They got Lucky.

DWI behavior is almost treated like DWA. Same Symptoms.
33 posted on 03/01/2014 12:11:34 PM PST by Koracan
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To: vette6387

Japanese are used to right-hand drive and being on the left side of the road.

I sure wouldn’t drive anywhere outside of the US (OK, maybe Canada) without an IDP, and without a little research about what to expect.


34 posted on 03/01/2014 12:15:04 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: lavaroise
I have a friend in NZ who keeps inviting me to come over and visit and tour the country......

There's no way in hell am I going tour anywhere whilst driving on the left side of the road............LOL!

35 posted on 03/01/2014 12:15:37 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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To: 21twelve

This is probably why you see tour buses hauling groups of Japanese around.


36 posted on 03/01/2014 12:16:12 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: jjotto

That was my thought on the matter, as well.
I sure don’t remember renting a car without
showing a drivers license and I speak English.


37 posted on 03/01/2014 12:18:13 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: mad_as_he$$
I call bull$hit. Cops operate the same way around the world in the case of a traffic stop. How do I know? Been pulled over in:

Not surprised given the screen name you've chosen for yourself. Sounds like you have anger issues...........

38 posted on 03/01/2014 12:18:50 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They had no drivers license. How did they get a rental car?


39 posted on 03/01/2014 12:19:04 PM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: jjotto
If you are without a driver’s license, who would rent you a car?

yes! that is my question...

40 posted on 03/01/2014 12:22:38 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: bunkerhill7
These COPS ARE MORONS-

the lady was a moron, in my opinion... i wonder--how did she even make it from California to Utah?

41 posted on 03/01/2014 12:24:11 PM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: jjotto

“Japanese are used to right-hand drive and being on the left side of the road.”

At the old airport terminal I worked at, some Japanese or Brit tourist would get killed every three or four years, by getting on the interstate going the wrong way....


42 posted on 03/01/2014 12:25:50 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: bunkerhill7

Are you one of the FR Cop-haters that come out of the woodwork on cop posts?


43 posted on 03/01/2014 12:27:32 PM PST by QT3.14
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To: SolidRedState

>>They had no drivers license. How did they get a rental car?

There’s an international driver’s license. You can get them at AAA. I would assume that they had that on them and that their Japanese driver’s license was at home.

I took some Japanese friends to Las Vegas for a vacation while I was still living in Japan. You have to watch them because they get in trouble.


44 posted on 03/01/2014 12:28:31 PM PST by struggle
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To: Jack Hydrazine
They forgot to put this on their car:


45 posted on 03/01/2014 12:30:05 PM PST by struggle
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To: struggle

http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/02/24/eda-not-drunk-but-confused-japanese-tourists-give-chase-to-uhp/

...The driver did not present a driver’s license to the officers. While an incident of this nature normally would give rise to felony evading charges, Horne said the unique circumstances will likely result in misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and failure to yield, at the discretion of the Washington County Attorney.

County Attorney Brock Belnap had not yet received the case of consideration Monday when St. George News inquired. He could not speculate on any action he might take, he said.

This report is based on information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: Updated 7:58 p.m. to add the driver had no driver’s license...


46 posted on 03/01/2014 12:33:40 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SgtHooper

I wonder if they were breaking a law by going to slow.


47 posted on 03/01/2014 12:38:40 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Utah Binger
Virgin River Canyon is a scary place especially at 1:00 in the morning.

Probably had their brights on and the reflections freaked them out. First time I went through it, I knew nothing of it. Was a little tire when I came roaring into it on a no moon night. Got woken up quickly, and when I had exited south, I went back through it S to N, then turned S and stayed in the first crappy town in Nevada that had a room. The article said 'high speed', they were going 75.

48 posted on 03/01/2014 12:55:16 PM PST by xone
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To: Jack Hydrazine

In 99.99% of the other universes out there, the cops shot them all dead - and their pet goldfish. j/k


49 posted on 03/01/2014 12:56:22 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Hot Tabasco

So you actually took time to post that thinking I give a rat’s a$$ what you think?


50 posted on 03/01/2014 12:58:33 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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