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Man arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and assaulting police officer

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and drunk driving after he assaulted a police officer who asked him to stop his vehicle.

According to police, Fumiaki Miyahara, whose occupation and address are unknown, drove through an intersection in Taito Ward on the evening of Oct 9, Sankei Shimbun reported. A police officer in his 20s noticed that Miyahara made a traffic violation and asked him to stop his vehicle. Miyahara hit the officer and drove off with the officer on the car's hood before stopping.

The officer fell off and suffered a leg injury.

Police said Miyahara was given a breathalyzer which showed he was above the legal limit for alcohol.

In addition to driving under the influence, Miyahara did not have a driver's license. He was quoted as saying he panicked and hit the officer because he wanted to get away.

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How is this “on suspicion of”? He drove off with the cop on the bonnet and tested over the legal limit for alcohol. Doesn’t seem to be much suspicion there.

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How is this “on suspicion of”?

Have you never heard of 'innocent until proven guilty'? It's a pretty major part of first-world nations.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

Ha ha, innocent until proven guilty.

I don’t think the Japanese police and legal system have heard of this.

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"hit the officer and drove off with the officer on the car's hood before stopping."

"The officer fell off and suffered a leg injury."

"hit the officer because he wanted to get away."

pop goes the weasel...

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I don’t think the Japanese police and legal system have heard of this.

Police in all countries assume guilt. They are not prosecutors. And the legal system has presumption of innocence written into it.

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@Stewart Gale

agree w u there...in Japan it is more like guilty until proven innocent...a close friend of mine had to go through that ordeal for a whole month...

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How is this “on suspicion of”?

I think the "on suspicion of" is for the attempt murder (you know the "I hit the wrong pedals", "the engine had a malfunction" and so on). For the drunk driving as it was arrested on site, it could be "on charge of". Thought, regarding interrogation system in Japan, perhaps sticking for "on suspicion of" at the start could bring them more time to investigate than directly going for charging the drunk driving ; could also explain why the unlicensed driving seems to have not been charged either.

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According to police, Fumiaki Miyahara, whose occupation and address are unknown....

In addition to driving under the influence, Miyahara did not have a driver's license. 

But they have his name and (I'm assuming) his license plate, and they still don't have an address? Well, either the guy gave a fake name, he's driving a stolen car, the car is registered no where, or we are dealing with a couple of numbskull officers who can't even get a plate number.

> A police officer in his 20s noticed that Miyahara made a traffic violation and asked him to stop his vehicle.

> Miyahara hit the officer and drove off with the officer on the car's hood before stopping.

The officer fell off and suffered a leg injury.

Police said Miyahara was given a breathalyzer which showed he was above the legal limit for alcohol.

> In addition to driving under the influence, Miyahara did not have a driver's license. 

So wait, Miyahara was asked to stop, and I guess he did? That's because he was given a breathalyzer test. Which can't be done if the suspect is driving away. Yet he drove away and hit the cop and his car without stopping.........Isn't step one for an officer to do is to tell the guy to turn off his car engine?

Either this is the slickest 50 year old drunk driver ever or the cops are just useless. With a broken leg to boot.

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Almost any adult can be charged with drink driving as Japanese cooking and sweets use alcohol.

so to run away must mean he was properly drunk. No license. You can slightly push a police, but punching is not allowed.

The police must of been very angry to jump on his car and risk his life.

people should avoid doing bad things in Japan. Some police are bullies. I found out the hard way for walking with no dog lead.

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The policeman is in his 20's. He doesn't have the experience to realize you don't try to hang on the bonnet of a moving vehicle, because you will get hurt. There was a cop show when I was young which starred William Shatner, called T.J. Hooker. I swear he was hanging on the bonnet of the bad guy's car in virtually every episode. (But he never got hurt. I don't know about the Hollywood stuntmen, however.)

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to run away must mean he was properly drunk. 

That’s pretty simplistic thinking. There are any number of other possible reasons. It’s certainly not limited to the single possibility you posited.

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A police officer in his 20s noticed that Miyahara made a traffic violation and asked him to stop his vehicle. Miyahara hit the officer and drove off with the officer on the car's hood before stopping.

GoodlucktoyouOct. 15  01:42 pm JST

The police must of been very angry to jump on his car and risk his life.

Sal AffistOct. 15  08:34 pm JST

The policeman is in his 20's. He doesn't have the experience to realize you don't try to hang on the bonnet of a moving vehicle, because you will get hurt.

Yes of course. All those middle aged policemen are experienced enough that, if someone has driven into them and they unwittingly find themselves on the bonnet of a moving car, they do the stuntman roll off of it which of course never results in injury.....

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Sal AffistOct. 15  08:34 pm JST

The policeman is in his 20's. He doesn't have the experience to realize you don't try to hang on the bonnet of a moving vehicle, because you will get hurt. There was a cop show when I was young which starred William Shatner, called T.J. Hooker. I swear he was hanging on the bonnet of the bad guy's car in virtually every episode. (But he never got hurt. I don't know about the Hollywood stuntmen, however.)

I remember that TV show fondly. T.J. Hooker always held his grip on a vehicle hood, but that's Hollywood for you. Since I was a teenager I noticed Heather Lockyear more than all those contrived stunts anyway.

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