Date
19 January 2017
Officers inspect a Ford Mustang driven by a Chongqing man, surnamed Zhang (inset), past two border checkpoints without stopping. Photos: HK government, Apple Daily
Officers inspect a Ford Mustang driven by a Chongqing man, surnamed Zhang (inset), past two border checkpoints without stopping. Photos: HK government, Apple Daily

China rich kid speeds across border, leaves officers in the dust

China’s loathsome fuerdai, second-generation rich kids who like to flaunt their wealth and privilege, just had one more reason to be hated in Hong Kong.

And if reports are accurate, a 24-year-old man from Chongqing, surnamed Zhang, is their new poster boy.

Zhang was arrested on Wednesday, four days after driving his Ford Mustang to Hong Kong, ignoring border control in Huanggang Port and Lok Ma Chau, according to Apple Daily.

The car had no license plate, investigators said.

Zhang will appear in the Fanling magistrates’ court on Thursday, charged with various offenses including illegal immigration.

He introduced himself to police as a son of a mainland bank executive and a new graduate of Arizona State University in the US.

He said he had just brought his mother to Shenzhen airport when he lost control of the vehicle, blaming the incident on a remote control device that might have been secretly installed by someone in his car.

Investigators said Zhang stuck close behind a truck at the Lok Ma Chau control point and sped away after the lorry was cleared to pass.

The computer system detected Zhang’s vehicle but he had gone so fast officers could not give chase, they said.

Zhang was arrested in Central after being spotted acting suspiciously. The car was later found in Tsz Wan Shan.     

He told police he had been staying in Chungking Mansions, a hulking old building in Tsim Sha Tsui that provides cheap accommodation. 

Immigration and customs officials said they are investigating possible loopholes in border security.

Last year, Hong Kong recorded 21 cases involving private vehicles illegally crossing the border under the nose of the authorities.

Hong Kong law stipulates a maximum penalty of HK$10,000 (US$1,290) and six months imprisonment for offenders.

But lawmaker Gary Fan said the punishment does not go far enough, adding it won’t deter people from trafficking illegal drugs across the border.

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