A routine traffic stop that became a high-speed police chase in Japan took an unexpectedly gruesome turn Wednesday, according to Japan Today.
Hyogo Prefecture Police stopped a young motorcyclist, for driving 20 mph over the speed limit on National Route 2 in Nagata Ward in Kobe at around 8 a.m. When the officer approached the vehicle, the rider sped off. When he fled the scene, he ran over the police officer and broke his right leg.
The police chase lasted for about four miles before the rider hit another motorcyclist, a 25-year-old woman, and was flung off of his bike.
While the woman sustained only minor injuries to her left foot, the crash was fatal for the young motorcycle-enthusiast. He was thrown into a support cable for an electric pole, a collision which sliced the man in half, killing him instantly.
The incident caused transportation delays for about 10,000 people for about one hour and 20 minutes, reports Tokyo Reporter.
“I believe that the pursuit was necessary,” the Nagata Station deputy chief explained when questioned about the chase, says The Mainichi.
Investigations are ongoing.
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