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Man arrested for attempted murder after dragging police officer along with car

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A 51-year-old unemployed man has been arrested for attempted murder and obstruction of a police officer in the performance of his duties after he dragged the officer with his car in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, last year.

Police said Naoki Inoue has partially denied the allegation by stating he had “no intention of killing” the officer, Kyodo News reported.

According to police, the officer, who is in his 20s, works for the Community Police Affairs Division. He stopped Inoue, after seeing him return to his car that was illegally parked on the street, at around 3:45 a.m. on Aug 7, 2023. When the officer learned that Inoue did not have a valid driver’s license, he asked him to get out of the car. However, Inoue started to drive off, with the officer clinging to the car, for about seven meters.

The officer fell to the ground and suffered bruises to his left elbow and other minor injuries.

Police tracked down Inoue after identifying his car from an analysis of street surveillance camera footage.

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Dragged by car seems to be quite the trend recently.

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 However, Inoue started to drive off, with the officer clinging to the car, for about seven meters.

The cop is an idiot. Don't cling to the car you fool. Take the license plate down and alert dispatch. He was lucky he wasn't killed with that hero crap.

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In previous crime section show that even civilian that clinging to the car will get advantage from law. THis article show that officially even police also clinging to a car. We'll see more and more people clinging over car from now.

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The cop was after Inoie for illegally parking at 3-45 in the morning?

What an officious cop!

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The cop was after Inoie for illegally parking at 3-45 in the morning?

What an officious cop!

Not sure if this was supposed to sarcastic, but to a cop on patrol finding an illegally parked car at 3:00~ in the morning could lead to the discovery of other illegal activity. And guess what? The perp was unlicensed and stupid enough to try and make a run for it.

Kudos to the officer for being alert and doing his job.

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clinging to the car will get advantage from law. 

Advantage compared with what? not being subjected to attempted murder? They are not forcing the driver to drag them, so it is perfectly justified for the driver to be accused of a crime for doing it.

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Another one of these!

Attempted murder is pushing someone into the path of an oncoming train, but the train stops in time - or hits them but doesn't kill them.

Attempted murder is stabbing someone in the chest with a knife, but it doesn't kill them.

Attempted murder is burning down a house with people inside, and they manage to escape.

It's TRYING to kill someone, but failing to do so.

How on earth is driving your car for SEVEN meters while someone hangs onto the side of it, attempted murder? It's "attempting to get away".

Arrest him for failing to stop / failing to comply with a police officer and causing injury. Not attempted murder.

I'm sure the charges won't stick, nor do the police expect them to. But I have a problem with charging people with these crazy charges just because they "can".

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with the officer clinging to the car, for about seven meters.

Shoot for the tires.

Rookie.

Also, where was the cop's partner? Or do they not do that in Japan?

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3:45 in the morning? Hmmm okay

Cliinged to a car like an action hero?

Sounds like reckless endangerment, but definitely not attempted murder. This definitely requires video from the officer's body cam.

Wait? No body cam footage? Hmmm okay.

The whole story sounds shady. Where's this officer's backup? Shady story. But definitely not attempted murder.

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Shoot for the tires.

Rookie.

This isn't America. The cops don't go around shooting everyone and everything at the slightest sign of resistance.

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What was the cop thinking? He was going to stop the car by hanging onto it? A foolish mistake made by a young and inexperienced police officer. He’s lucky he’s not dead. The irony is, they rounded up the driver through security cameras so the cop risked his life for nothing.

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@kiwiboy

Exactly

@virusrex

Advantage compared with what? not being subjected to attempted murder? T

You can check in the past there were similar cases, where one person arguing with another person, which was not a crime for both. 

Even in public transportation, inside train for example we could find one passenger bump to another, and there will be one from those two just won't let the other go. In this case, the one that not interested to continue argumentation can easily just walk away.

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However for a car it can be really different, for example one person complain about let's say someone parking style while and other person really want to end that argumentation and go away, driving car, suddenly the person who still want for argumentation still continue just choose not let that person in that car to go away by clinging to the car.

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Suddenly that driver being charged with attempted murder. From previous cases, usually being done by civilian not an officer. From this article, now even an officer show that clinging is an official way to stop a car.

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“no intention of killing”

Sure. It's either that or "I don't remember doing that" or "I was stressed from work".

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How on earth is driving your car for SEVEN meters while someone hangs onto the side of it, attempted murder? It's "attempting to get away".

First, you are confusing "motive" with "intent". All the driver needs here for an colorable case is that he was cognizant of a significant probability the hanger-on will die if he continues to drive, and he was indifferent to the outcome (he doesn't have to want it). Which seems likely since most people will stop once the idea they may be responsible for a death crosses their mind.

Second, he didn't "drive" the car for seven meters. The officer managed to hang on to the accelerating car for about seven meters before falling off - the perpetrator drove far enough away to temporarily break contact and was only later relocated through surveillance footage.

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@Kazuaki Shimazaki If the officer used common sense he would have not been dragged at all. The most sensible thing to do would be release his hold as soon as the car started to move. In other words All the officer had to do was recognize that the car was moving and that if he didn't release his hold there is a possibility that he could get injured if he continued to do so. Lets say if the officer was standing in front of the car and he saw the car moving in his direction he has a choice to move out of the way to avoid getting run over or stay and get run over, its all about using common sense.

How on earth is driving your car for SEVEN meters while someone hangs onto the side of it, attempted murder? It's "attempting to get away".

First, you are confusing "motive" with "intent". All the driver needs here for an colorable case is that he was cognizant of a significant probability the hanger-on will die if he continues to drive, and he was indifferent to the outcome (he doesn't have to want it). Which seems likely since most people will stop once the idea they may be responsible for a death crosses their mind.

Second, he didn't "drive" the car for seven meters. The officer managed to hang on to the accelerating car for about seven meters before falling off - the perpetrator drove far enough away to temporarily break contact and was only later relocated through surveillance footage.

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Kazuki:

First, you are confusing "motive" with "intent". All the driver needs here for an colorable case is that he was cognizant of a significant probability the hanger-on will die if he continues to drive, and he was indifferent to the outcome (he doesn't have to want it). Which seems likely since most people will stop once the idea they may be responsible for a death crosses their mind.

The driver is not intentionally running the person over. They are not driving towards them at great speed. They are simply driving forwards, likely at a slow-ish speed (at least to begin with) in a direction AWAY from the person who's trying to hang on.

So they are simply trying to escape, in a direction AWAY from the person hanging on. It's not attempted murder at all. As i said before, it's attempted escape. The policeman should be charged with "intentional stupidity".

In fact, I'd bet a few beers that if you look back at similar cases, although the person is "charged" with attempted murder, they're never actually convicted of it. I'll bet a few beers that the prosecution drops the case because they're not confident in winning - proof enough that it's NOT attempted murder. In which case, they should never even be charged with it! It's just wasting police time and tax payer dollars (yen)

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I read these comments hoping to find someone who had actually seen the event. Apparently no one did. So the situation then is inexplicable to everyone. Why did the policeman do it? Why did the driver drive knowing the policeman was clinging to the car? Why was the policeman so interested in the driver?

I grant that the story should have explained why these things occurred, but without that information, we don't really know how this all unfolded. Bad policeman? We don't know. Bad driver? It certainly looks to be so. Bad charges? We don't know without more information. To speculate? Fine. To criticize? Not knowing the details, we don't know.

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Bad charges? We don't know without more information

Every time someone clings to a car driving off, the driver is done with attempted murder. You can't tell me they're all really intending to kill someone?

The police are arresting them on trumped-up charges they know wont stick, but they're going for the biggest charges they can go for, even though they're a load of c r first-letter-of-the-alphabet p.

Find me a single case of the driver actually being committed for it. Won't happen, because there was no intent to kill. They're just over-blown charges that shouldn't have been brought in the first place.

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@kiwiboyJan. 12 11:57 pm JST

The driver is not intentionally running the person over. They are not driving towards them at great speed. They are simply driving forwards [...] in a direction AWAY from the person who's trying to hang on.

I cut the part that's not established in the article, but I agree the driver is not purposefully running the person over. However, that's not the requirement of the criminal law, which allows for indirect or "conditional" intent - you don't have to want the outcome, you just have to be aware it exists and be indifferent to it. People need to study the basics of criminal law (we really should teach this stuff in high school) before making such statements.

I'll bet a few beers that the prosecution drops the case because they're not confident in winning - proof enough that it's NOT attempted murder.

Not confident in winning is not "proof" it's not attempted murder. I grant you the driver can try a few things in his defense, but all I said was that the case was "colorable", which means arguable or potentially winnable.

@kaimycahlJan. 12 11:45 pm JST

If the officer used common sense he would have not been dragged at all.

To put your argument in legal language, you'd say there is no conditional intent because the driver "relied" on the police to back off. And perhaps the doubt that the court will indeed go that path may stop the prosecution.

However, perhaps you should ask yourself why a court would necessarily take this inference if the question is put to them.

Even if this had been a dispute between two ordinary civilians, it's not hard to take the side that the driver should not have taken the risk at all even if it means suffering the inconvenience of being delayed while he calls a cop to resolve the situation. It certainly is true that the person stopping the car may have a legitimate grievance and if the driver is allowed to escape the chances of a normal civilian even finding him again is significantly reduced - the optimal solution may indeed be to burden the driver to wait until his identity can be well-established by an authority (police) for finding him later, even before taking into account the reduced risks to life and limb.

Add that one of the sides is a police, and the driver is an offender. The fact that there is a legitimate tort is basically undisputed, and there is a duty on the policeman to enforce the law, which increases his reasons for taking any means to stop an offender from escaping. The driver can and should be aware of this factor.

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