Police in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, have arrested a man who caused an accident while driving a stolen light truck after taking evasive action from police pursuit on Sunday afternoon.
An officer fired a warning shot after the man got out of the truck and tried to resist arrest by wielding a hatchet at police, Sports Nippon reported.
The man, who is in his 20s, has been charged with vehicular theft and violation of the Firearm and Sword Control law.
Police said the drama began at around 1 p.m. Sunday when the police patrol spotted a truck reported as stolen in Fukushima Prefecture. After a 20-minute chase along national Route 8, the suspect crashed the truck. The man got out of the truck and came toward the police officer, brandishing a hatchet, at which point the officer fired a warning shot into the air.
The man then ran but was apprehended about 200 meters away by other police who had arrived on the scene.
A police spokesman said later that the officer's use of his firearm was legitimate and appropriate.
Police quoted that man as saying he was an American citizen but he had an Australian passport belonging to another man with him at the time.© Japan Today