A man who was stopped by a police patrol car in Ginza after running a red light on Wednesday afternoon locked himself in his car in what police described as a "siege." The incident began when the driver, later identified as 37-year-old Hiroki Tsuji, ignored a red light in Ginza at around 4:20 p.m. Police waved him to stop and when they asked him to open his door, he refused and stayed locked in his car.
Officers from Tsukiji police station tried to persuade Tsuji to get out of the vehicle, but their requests were ignored for around 25 minutes. According to a police spokesperson, officers were given the OK to enter the car by force -- at which point they smashed one of the rear windows. When police searched the interior of the car, they found 30 grams of marijuana.
Tsuji, who told police he was self-employed, has been charged with possession of marijuana. He was quoted by police as saying it was for personal use.© Compiled from news reports