Wanted Man Hides in Drain for 3 Hours

A man wanted for drugs-related offenses abandoned his vehicle and escaped up a storm-water drain until police hunted him down in Hsinchu County this morning.

Police stopped 52 year-old Mr Deng after he made an illegal right turn on a red light at around 7:00 am this morning. Deng supplied police false information about his identity, but then fled when he realized that police did not believe him. The suspect leaped over a guard rail off a low bridge, then crawled into a drainpipe.

Police called city sewer workers to assist, and spent 3 hours tracing the course of the drain and lifting drain covers in an attempt to locate the suspect.

At around 10:00 am, they lifted a drain cover at a distance of about 100 meters from where the man had entered the pipe, and Deng willingly climbed out and surrendered. According to police, the suspect, who was covered in sludge, couldn’t stand the stench any longer.

An officer poured a bottle of water over Deng’s shoulder to wash some of the foul-smelling sludge off him before the officers took him to a nearby gas station for a good rinse. The police then arrested the suspect and took him to the police station for questioning.

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A police officer pours a bottle of water over a suspect in Hsinchu County, January 20, 2018. Picture: Hsinchu County Police Bureau.
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A police officer hoses down a suspect in Hsinchu County, January 20, 2018. Picture: Hsinchu County Police Bureau.
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