Five men suspected to have smashed the windshield of a truck in a road rage incident in New Taipei City have been arrested after video footage of the incident went viral on social media.
According to media reports, the five men were part of a group of more than 10 who were traveling from southern Taiwan’s Chiayi County in three cars when the incident occurred at the Sanxia Interchange on Friday, February 3, at around 3:00 pm.
Dashcam footage from the light truck showed a Mercedes Benz merging into the outer lane in front of truck on the approach to the off ramp in the southbound lanes. The truck driver appears to accelerate in an attempt to prevent the vehicle merging in front of him, then engages in a series of aggressive moves, including attempting to overtake the Mercedes Benz from the right hand shoulder of the off ramp.
At the bottom of the ramp, the first of the three cars stops in front of the truck with hazard lights flashing. The Mercedes Benz subject to the truck driver’s aggressive actions stops to the left of the truck, trapping the vehicle in a pincer movement. The third car belonging to the group then stops, and three men exit and attack the windscreen of the truck with baseball bats.
The one-minute-fifty-four-second video was shared on social media, and went viral on the Reddit platform. On the r/idiotsincars Subreddit, the post had more than 25,600 upvotes at the time of writing today, February 7.
Police arrested the main suspect, a 23-year-old man, named Zhang, and a man named Liu on Sunday. Two men, named Lee, and Wang, accompanied by lawyers, turned themselves in yesterday, Monday. Another man has since been arrested but has not yet been named. Police have also seized evidence, including baseball bats.
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