Scooter rider drives on wrong side of freeway facing oncoming traffic in the fast lane for 60 kilometers
A man rode at speeds of 100 kilometers an hour on National Freeway 3, in the fast lane on the wrong side of the road, for a distance of about 60 kilometers, evading several Highway Police intercept points before finally coming to a stop near Taichung City, yesterday, February 13.
The 43-year-old man named Huang entered the freeway from the Zhushan Interchange in Nantou County shortly before 6:00pm, driving against oncoming traffic at high speed, and heading north in the south-bound lanes.
Huang made his way across three lanes of traffic until he reached the fast lane, maneuvering his motorcycle between the central traffic barrier and vehicles traveling at high speed in the opposite direction.
Highway police set up intercept points, but were unable to stop the rider as he sped through. Video footage [see below] shows a female Highway Police officer jumping out of the way of the speeding scooter to avoid being run over after the rider ignored the officer’s shouts to stop while waving a fluorescent orange baton.
According to a report in Liberty Times Network, Mr Huang scraped 4 cars, and broke through two Police road blocks on his errant journey, before finally hitting the inner traffic barrier, and falling off his bike at a third interception point on the Taichung City, Longjing Road section of the freeway.
Officers arrested Huang and sent him to a nearby hospital. Huang suffered bruises, abrasions, and a fractured left hand, but fortunately did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
However, Huang was said to be foaming at the mouth when found, and was suspected of having had a seizure, and has yet to be able to make a statement to police about the reasons for his misadventure.
Sources: Apple Daily, Liberty Times.
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