21 October 2016
A 39-year-old truck driver gave anxious moments to fellow motorists along a highway last Friday. Photos: Facebook
A 39-year-old truck driver gave anxious moments to fellow motorists along a highway last Friday. Photos: Facebook

Police nab truck driver who went on a wild ride on July 1

A truck driver who caused anxious moments for fellow motorists on a Hong Kong highway last Friday has been arrested by the police.

The man, who bears the surname Chung and is aged 39, will face charges of criminal damage, according to Apple Daily.

On July 1, Chung was caught on video driving a pink box truck wildly along Castle Peak Road in New Territories.

As he sped recklessly and frequently switched lanes, he hit a Mercedes-Benz sedan, apparently on purpose.

Despite the accident, Chung didn’t bother to stop.

A dash-cam installed in the Mercedes showed the truck driver fleeing in the direction of Tuen Mun.

After the video was uploaded on social media, netizens described the driver as a “road bomb”, pointing out that he could have easily killed someone with his vehicle.

Following the incident, police launched an investigation.

They got a breakthrough over the weekend after being alerted about a man who was receiving medical attention at Kwai Chung Hospital.

Learning that the man was emotionally unstable and that he had a history of drugs, officers made inquiries.

The information led them to conclude that the patient was the same person who was driving the pink box truck on Friday. 

On Monday, officers from the Tuen Mun crime unit arrested Chung at Kowloon Hospital where he was referred to for treatment.

Chung is now in detention in a psychiatric ward at the hospital.

Not long after the video from the Mercedes-Benz dash-cam was posted online, two more videos were shared by other victims.

The videos showed the pink truck moving dangerously at the Castle Peak Bay section of Castle Peak Road and Tuen Mun Highway, news website reported.

The pink box truck, which is owned by a person named Chan, has been taken away by authorities for further inspection.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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As he drove wildly, the truck driver hit a Mercedes-Benz sedan that was moving along the road. Photo: Facebook

Authorities have seized the pink box truck after arresting the driver. Photo: Facebook

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