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Police foiled by bicycles during car chase

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Two men suspected of breaking into a car led police on a 30-minute chase through Osaka on Thursday that ended when the small car they were driving plowed into a row of 18 bicycles at the side of the road in Higashi-Osaka City, obstructing the road and enabling them to make their escape.

According to police, during the chase, the men had also stuck their arms out of the car and knocked down bicycles, obstructing the path for pursuing officers.

Before the chase, the two men reportedly broke into two cars in an Osaka parking lot, and the 11-kilometer chase began when the car was spotted nearby.

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Sounds like a Jackie Chan movie.

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Man, It would be funny as hell to see a video of these guys evading the j-stones.

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A wet paper bag could avoid most of the police. It was probably the first time these ojisans had to turn off the TV in the koban and do something.

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I am sure JT prints these stories to get our reaction and give us a laugh.I mean come on,11 kilometer chase,in the city of Osaka.They stuck there arms out and knocked down bicycles,So 11k at 5kph for 30 minutes,plowed into a row of 18 bicycles ,obsructing the road and then ran away.What did the police do, stop ,pick up the bikes and count them. It didn't mention whether the police were in cars,or on bikes or how many police were involved.Because those regular readers will rember the last story out of Osaka ,200 police cars giving chase to 1 car.Thanks JT you just my day giving me a laugh.Now the police are looking for 2 men with broken arms,1 right and 1 left.

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Should read- you just started my day

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Another great performance by the keystones! They probably picked up each bike, checked if they were reported stolen to see if any shoplifters used them, then recorded it in the notebook that they're gonna get stolen.

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That's what they have radios and kobans everywher for! Idiots, you don't have to chase them one on one.

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Oh boy....i sure as heck hope the police checked those registration numbers on those bicycles.....and cue the benny hill music.

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haha

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This is hilarious! Real life IS stranger than fiction!

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Is there a dashboard cam of this? This is a good one!

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why didnt the cops just drive thru/over the bikes and bill the fugitives later-or take it out of their hides.

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Live here and Tokyo.... they park everything, and anywhere they want in Osaka.... Actually in this area you cant walk down the sidewalks.... parts of Osaka look like the slums of most Asian cities including Bangkok.... very sad city, but go up 30 mins to Kobe, Ashiya and its opposite. btw, Osaka cops are useless.

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as I say..... Japan now and the future is getting real rough, like ghetto...

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What did the police do, stop, pick up the bikes and count them.

The police obviously reverted to instinct, and had to check each bicycle for ID numbers.

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Can a person be foiled by inanimate objects?

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The police obviously reverted to instinct, and had to check each bicycle for ID numbers.

nice one.

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hahahaha good call ratpack. I got pulled over the other day for a routine bike check, and it only took 4 officers. God they are a joke.

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This kind of failed car chases we never see on the police propaganda on NHK. They always catch them, no matter how long it takes.

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Next time they stop me for my gaijin card im gonna run away and knock some bikes down in their path

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Un.be.lievable. lol would LOVE to be a fly on the wall in the briefing room at the station....

"eh?!? they got away?!?...shoganai ne. so ne...shoganai" lol!

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11km in 30minutes... that is 22km/h. I can run faster than that...

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Saw video of cops chasing a group of young hoodlums on bikes while watching tv. The kids started going down back roads to escape. When the cops called another car in to block the exit ( t intersection) the kids just split half right and half left. The cops just stood there wondering what to do next. Couldn't believe the network just released their total lack of pursuit skills. Bikes are jcop kryptonite!

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these Jcop show are the funniest shows on JP tv :)

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Let me guess, the police stopped to aid a little girl (Ishi, Kumi) when one of the bikes fell on her.

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And if they had just run over the bikes and they got lodged under the car causing damage enough to stop the engine, they would have been laughted at for that too. Plus the owners of the bicycles cause a stink, not wanting to sacrifice their bicycles for some car theives. No win situation.

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Did they try to go a different way around? Or did they stop and pick up the bikes?

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Ahhh... the J-police!

And let me guess, every single one of these bikes were 'illegally' parked but no one does anything about it. I swear they should just give NO warnings beyond the dozens of signs and cameras, and just take all bikes away immediately if illegally parked. That goes for all the double parking and parking on the side of the road outside convenience stores and department stores.

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smithinjapan I have been hassled by old men at the station over where I put my bike, and explaining to them that I was just there to pick up a paper did no good. I have had sticker put on my bike despite being parked in a place where they are nothing more than maybe an eyesore and a lack of revenue for whoever operates the pay parking. And would rather cops be in the koban ready to move than sorting out illegal bike parking.

But the biggest point of all as that the theives were throwing bikes into the path of the police car and I will bet that what happened is that the car hit the bikes while swerving to avoid the bike in the road. Illegal parking might have aided some thieves today, but until its an everyday happening I don't think it wise to burden ten of thousands of people just trying to get to work.

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Osaka is a joke! Sorry, been there a couple of times and it is not the real Japan. It is more like a 2nd or 3rd world country, not the real Japan so any idiotic news coming from those ahos in Osakaland never surprise me! I drove my car there, what a mistake! Even the buses do not respect the signal lights! It has to be the worst city in all of Japan!

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HeyLars: "smithinjapan I have been hassled by old men at the station over where I put my bike, and explaining to them that I was just there to pick up a paper did no good."

So have I, but they tend to stick around in the early morning hours only, and when you come home in the evening or try going somewhere else during the day, you can still find HEAPS more.

"I have had sticker put on my bike despite being parked in a place where they are nothing more than maybe an eyesore and a lack of revenue for whoever operates the pay parking. And would rather cops be in the koban ready to move than sorting out illegal bike parking."

First, the cops in the koban aren't 'ready to move' by any means, in most cases; they are ready to sit there and give directions, and wave off phone calls or complaints, but that's about it. Second, I wasn't strictly referring to 'them' (ie. police) as being the ones who should cart off the bikes, but the people who normally do so. True, the aforementioned old codgers will remove bikes that get a tag/sticker on them and are still there the next day when the person with tags comes around, but I'm talking about not even giving them a tag in the first place. Just haul the bikes off immediately, no warnings beyond the dozens and dozens of signs around the stations and what not that tell you you cannot park there.

It's win-win for everyone but the person who 'illegally' parks there; the city gets more money in fees for people who claim their bikes, or in the auctions for selling the bikes of those who don't. The areas where there shouldn't be bikes stay cleaner, and incidents like the one in the article, rare as they may be, do not occur.

I'll tell you, I'm getting sick of having to go AROUND the growing row of bicycles and scooters at the bottom of the stairwell outside the main entrance of one of the stations I use -- I'd kick them all over but that would really accomplish nothing.

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Someone should add a soundtrack to these keystone cops videos and make a sale.

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I bet all those bikes were tagged, and now those tags are on the ground, because no one takes them home with them. Talk about how to cause even more trash on the streets. They should use really stick double tape and put it on the seats, or better than that, chew gum and put it under the brake handles.

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Had a run-in with a pedestrian while riding my bike the other day. I go to pass him on the right and suddenly, he makes a military heel-turn and starts walking to the right without so much as a glance to make sure nobody is there.

I manage to swerve and we only bang shoulders but he starts mouthing off and puts his bags down. I oblige and get off my bike. He calls the cops. Unfortunately, I know how it will pan out if I stick around so I don't. I think the guy was feeding the cops my description as I left.

Bikes are good.

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bokudayo: yep, good move coz the flip of the coin on that one is easy to see: heads he wins, tails you lose. I see those military heel turns everywhere I go. Your being on a bike (and foreign) automatically makes the pedestrian in the right.

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Let me guess, the police stopped to aid a little girl (Ishi, Kumi) when one of the bikes fell on her.

I haven't laughed this hard in weeks. Thanks, SumoBob.

I'm waiting and hoping that the J-Cops will soon be foiled by something even more stationary than a bike. Maybe a lamppost? Geez, guys, learn to do things right. Or don't; it's funnier this way.

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Foiled again eh? Ah well, back to the koban. They'll turn themselves in eventually

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