Skip to comments.Confused Japanese tourists trigger highway pursuit in Utah
Posted on 03/01/2014 11:33:29 AM PST by Jack HydrazineEdited 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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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.
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-
Wow. Really well handled by the officers. You don’t see that much anymore.
If only they knew how close they were to getting shot in the head.
Before these people ever foreign travel again, they need to learn some of the basic laws. Unbelievable they reacted this way.
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?
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.
We had a Japanese exchange student, and she Japanese drivers are nuts.
Yeh, completely ignore that they were breaking traffic laws left and right. Who is the moron?
Fer cripes sake - someone call them a cab!
@ Post 3 - unless you are being sarcastic, I don’t even know where to begin.
This must have been close to St. George, Utah if not within the city limits.
Thank God no dogs were murdered.
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.
Ok, if you insist, “They're a cab”.
So they don’t have police cars in Japan?
I love a happy ending.
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.
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:
AND the Asians were not polite or pleasant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Here is the inside of a Japanese police car.
“If you are without a drivers 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.
It’s the same when Americans go overseas.
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.
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.
There's no way in hell am I going tour anywhere whilst driving on the left side of the road............LOL!
This is probably why you see tour buses hauling groups of Japanese around.
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.
Not surprised given the screen name you've chosen for yourself. Sounds like you have anger issues...........
They had no drivers license. How did they get a rental car?
yes! that is my question...
the lady was a moron, in my opinion... i wonder--how did she even make it from California to Utah?
“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....
Are you one of the FR Cop-haters that come out of the woodwork on cop posts?
>>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.
...The driver did not present a drivers 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 drivers license...
I wonder if they were breaking a law by going to slow.
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.
In 99.99% of the other universes out there, the cops shot them all dead - and their pet goldfish. j/k
So you actually took time to post that thinking I give a rat’s a$$ what you think?