Dash Cam Captures Taxi, Porsche Chasing Down a Drunk Driver

A newly released dash cam video shows unbelievable footage of two cars spontaneously deciding to chase down a drunk driver who ran over a motorcycle. After witnessing the other car fleeing from the scene of the accident, a taxi driver, with his dash cam rolling, and a Porsche 911 chased it down the highway, finally boxing it in against a barrier and holding the driver until police arrived.

Netizens applauded the behavior of both drivers, although they reacted with disbelief to news that the offender was let off with a fine in consideration of the fact that she was a naturalized foreigner married to a Korean.

From Kuki News:

“He deserves the Porsche”…admirable citizens chase a drunk hit-and-run driver…Victim ‘lightly injured’

A video of a Porsche chasing a hit-and-run Matiz drew attention online. Recently, SBS’s “The World Seen through the Black Box” aired an episode about two citizens who chased a drunk hit-and-run driver at night on June 9th in Daejeon. Taxi driver Ahn Byeong-su submitted a black box video that is described below.

Ms. Wu was driving in the far left lane at high speed. She crossed over the center line and hit a motorcycle rider, Mr. Jeong, who was waiting at a traffic light. As she began driving away from the scene of the accident, Ahn and a Porsche driver, Choi, who also witnessed the crime scene, together chased after her.

Wu sped off, driving into incoming traffic, before she made a U-turn as she noticed the cars following her. Choi tried to close in on Wu and block her path. However, Wu made a U-turn again. The chase continued. Wu kept driving dangerously in an attempt to shake off her chasers in a pursuit that lasted for 3 minutes and 10 seconds.

As Ahn began feeling frustrated, the Porsche quickly closed in on the Matiz, engine roaring, and blocked its path. Choi, Ahn and another driver successfully trapped her in the end. On the TV program, Ahn said “the hit-and-run driver was completely drunk”. He also showed the letter of appreciation he received from the police. The Western Daejon Police Department awarded Ahn and Choi 200,000 won each and a letter of appreciation. They were also given 40 bonus driving points, [In South Korea, drivers lose their license and must be retrained whenever their points are reduced to zero].

the taxi driver, Ahn Byeong-su

the taxi driver, Ahn Byeong-su

Netizens who watched the video applauded them. Netizens wrote comments such as “They are both so cool”, “He deserves to drive a Porsche”, “I got chills when the Porsche closed in”, and “I hope the bike rider wasn’t hurt too badly.”

What happened to the motorcycle rider Jeong and how was Wu punished? A representative of the Western Daejon Police Department said, “It could’ve been a fatal accident but luckily [the motorcycle rider] didn’t get hurt much. He was discharged from the hospital and gave a statement to the police.” He also said, “I can’t confirm how much she was punished because she was booked without formal detention, but she was fined. It was a serious crime but it was taken into account that she reached an agreement with Jeong and she is a naturalized woman (from Mongolia) who married a Korean man.”

Comments from Nate:
shia****:

It was taken into account that she is a naturalized woman who married a Korean man….? Is it only me who cannot understand why that matters? How does it matter whether the hit-and-run criminal is naturalized, foreign or native??

didl****:

The Porsche was freaking cool when it went Boooooaaaang~~. When the two guys got out of their cars, I got teary.

a white Porsche 911, similar to the one that chased the drunk driver down the highway

a white Porsche 911, similar to the one that chased the drunk driver down the highway

tkdg****:

I guess she was able to recognize a Porsche even when she was completely drunk.

gimo****:

Crazy. Korean law seems crazy. Kick out the Mongolian bitch and her husband.

tear****:

It was considered that she got naturalized and married a Korean man…..What bullshit is this?

bbc5****:

It couldn’t have been easy to decide to block the crazy car with that high-end 911 turbo Porsche… That driver is a real man!! Everyone in the chase, well done.

kys1****:

The taxi that chased it along with the Porsche was also great.

blis****:

Wow, fined? This really makes me angry. Drunk driving, driving in the wrong direction, and a hit-and-run. The crazy bitch was still just fined, ke ke ke ke ke. I guess naturalized women are able to get off with nothing but a fine if they commit a hit-and-run crime, ke ke ke ke ke. I wonder if Korea is for Koreans or for foreigners. This is f**king messed up.

neti****:

Even if it was lightly scratched, it would cost hundreds of dollars to fix it for a Porsche. It would be thousands if it got lightly hit. He did a good job, risking his car.

yijs****:

How should I put this… When I watched the Porsche speeding up with the exhaust sound, I felt the thrill like when those cartoon heroes go berserk.

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  • Digitalsoju

    I bet if this was in Seoul, no one would have bothered to help. Respect to everyone who stopped the drunk ass cunt.

    • Doge Wallace

      Yeah, like how in NY when the dude fell on the subway tracks in front of everyone and no one helped him but they still got a pic of him about to be run over and it was put on the cover of The New York Post.

      • m0l0k0

        shit like that happens in japan all the time, it was only koreans who helped a suicidal jap from the subway tracks.

  • Brett

    I finally got a “blackbox” in my car. I could put an hour-long dvd together with all of the ridiculous crap I’ve seen here.

    Generally, many people in Korea really do drive with no regard for others on the road or crosswalks. These guys did a pretty cool/dangerous thing to stop the drunk driver. Cheers to them.

    • Mighty曹

      I bet there are more ridiculous craps to be seen on the roads in China (and Russia).

      • Brett

        Not gonna argue that one.

      • Joe

        Yup. I think it has a lot to do with how long these countries have had a significant population with automobiles. Cars are so new to the rising middle classes of China and others that the driving culture is absolute chaos. People are just very inexperienced there.

        Korea has had a longer time to adjust to the ever growing car culture. Therefore, the roads are not nearly as chaotic as they are in China, but compared to North America and Japan and most of Europe (who witnessed their own rapid increases in automobile consumption way before Korea), it can still be a nightmare at times.

        • Mighty曹

          Inexperience and the lack of common sense on the roads. Add to the fact that most of them pay to get a driver’s training course completion certificate and also pay off corrupt government staff to obtain the driver’s license. It’s a recipe for driving chaos.

          I was once stuck in traffic for 1/2 hour in Guangzhou because cars were just following bumper to bumper through an intersection. So fucking brainless.

  • Andrew Stewart

    How about the hero taxi driver getting out of his car to check on the hit victim? Nah… forget the fact other drivers could kill him as he lay in the road… let’s go after that Matiz.

    Also, I know she is to blame, but there are a number of lanes like that which come to an end unexpectedly in Korea, so if you are unfamiliar with the driving area, that poor planning by the city is bound to hurt many more in the future. You wouldn’t know what I’m talking about maybe, until you drive the roads here.

    • chucky3176

      Look at it in another way. The drunk woman was out of control, and the taxi driver’s motive was to prevent more accidents. She could have killed more people if she wasn’t cornered off the road.

      • Andrew Stewart

        Ah yes, the taxi was going to somehow stop her. Let’s face it, they drove her to drive more crazily. He should have helped the victim and his camera could have been used to identify the car driver, which is what they are for. They were lucky they didn’t cause more accidents by driving (herding) her into oncoming traffic.

        • m0l0k0

          yeah cuz thats what you’d done right in that moment of split decision making? fuck you coward

    • commander

      If you find it hard to drive on roads in Korea because of what you claim is a poor road planning, drivers who are not accustomed should use extra care behind the wheel.

      But the hit and run driver, by any measure, is ill conceived when she made a U turn to flee cashing cars as the above video clip showed.

      Complaining of less hopitable road networks is one thing and running away after hitting a motocyclist in violation of traffic rule is another.

      She should have been subject to heavier penalty as a warning.

    • Sillian

      Other drivers could help the victim. The taxi driver was in a good spot to chase the Matiz. It’s a split second decision.

      • Andrew Stewart

        oh yes, of course, the other drivers following from behind who didn’t see the accident or the body lying on the road… kind of like Daesung (of Big Bang) who drove over somebody a year ago in a similar situation.

        • Sillian

          The thing on the taxi driver’s lane in the video looks like the bike, not the rider.

  • chucky3176

    “she is a naturalized woman (from
    Mongolia) who married a Korean man.”

    There in lies that shows exactly what is wrong with the Korean court system. The Korean judges apply their own personal biases and beliefs when handing down sentences, instead of applying uniformly the law based on the penal code.

    Let’s just face it, she was basically let go without punishment because she was an immigrant. It’s well known in Korea that the best way to avoid getting ticketed by the cops when you get caught for speeding is to feign you can’t speak Korean because you’re a factory worker who came from Uzbekistan. The cops will then say “oh dear you poor fellow, you must have a hard life in Korea, you can just go now”.

    • bigmamat

      I you are calling for mandatory minimum sentencing then I beg you to google it first. Judges should have a certain amount of discretion in handing out sentences. We call it mitigating circumstances. Yes, it can lead to bad decisions but everything isn’t black and white and courts know that sometimes people make mistakes without having criminal intent.

    • nqk123

      that comment could’ve get you some cash or someone fire if this was in the US

    • namepen

      Immigrants do have a hard life in Korea, much harder than a lot of Koreans could understand.

      You also have absolutely no idea what it is like being a non-Korean speaking immigrant to Korea. The idea that a non-Korean speaking immigrant would be at an advantage when dealing with the authorities is ludicrous. You also seem to forget that she is a naturalized Korean citizen, I bet she knows a lot more than simple greetings.

      The problem is the legal system, how many light punishments have been handed out to rapists and child killers.

    • Butsu

      That wasn’t the whole truth here though.
      ” It was a serious crime but it was taken into account that she reached an agreement with Jeong”. This has probably more to do with it than her being a naturalized citizen. Because what this essentially does is less work for everybody,

      • m0l0k0

        if the victim accepts compensation, they can mutually agree to not go to court or prosecute. i agree this is a very outdated system.

        • Butsu

          Ye and that was my point. They probably let it go because of some settlement they agreed on. Not the fact that she was a naturalized citizen like chucky claims.

          • chucky3176

            I didn’t claim anything. That was exactly the judge’s comment which was printed in the article. I am repeating what the article says. Settlement was one mitigating factor, just as the fact that she was an immigrant was also a mitigating factor which should not have been in the first place. Being an immigrant or being a Korean should not be a mitigating factor at all, when sentences are passed down. But it looks like it was. The judge decided to go easy on her because she is a poor mistreated immigrant, probably a victim of the racist taxi driver and the racist Porche driver, and she should not have been stopped. (I am just repeating the probable logic held by the judge and many people here).

          • chucky3176

            This reminds me of the Korean immigration officer who let the illegal immigrant into the country who was caught with forged passport, because he said she had a Korean husband, and they have a good life in Korea. He said this on TV, in front of thousands of viewers, and nobody batted an eye. Oh.. isn’t this nice of that official to do something so nice for this woman. If you knew anything about Korea, you’ll know that laws are not held up as an absolute. The law can swing anyway, at the whim of the official who wields it. The defense in Korea is admit the crime, settle with the victim, and plead to the judge with a sob story. “I was drunk with sorrow at that time because my wife was sick in the hospital, so I didn’t know what I was doing, my depression took possession and I was unaware of what I was doing”. or “I am a poor immigrant from Mongolia, I came to this country to achieve the Korean dream, I didn’t know too much about this country, I have a Korean husband whom I love very much, but I was so homesick at the time that I drank too much and I didn’t know what I was doing”. All the while the violin plays in the background.

          • m0l0k0

            tl;dr lol

  • Mighty曹

    The Porsche driver should’ve been cited for drunk driving as well. No sober driver would put such car (especially in Asia) in such danger of wrecking it.

    • chucky3176

      He was probably so rich, he probably wanted to wreck it so that he’ll have an excuse to get another one.

      • Mighty曹

        Remember that Chung King dude from a few years ago? In his email brag he said his boss drives 1 of only 3 Porches in Korea. Any info on what today’s number is?

        • Racist bozos are brainless

          Very interesting question- in 2011 it was around 1200, http://www.porsche.com/pap/aboutporsche/pressreleases/pap/?pool=pap&id=2012-01-18 im sure now in 2013 it must be beyond 3000 helped by the korea-eu fta & the the fact that every year korea is exporting more & getting richer. In one interview I saw, the german rep of porsche (2012) says cayenne is best selling porsche in korea http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000096148 . Like the big mac index for economists there should be an index for countrywise porsche buyers to indicate how far ahead self-made rich people like celebrities, doctors, engineers & businessmen have come since they tend to be typical porsche buyers. In 2011 taiwan was neck & neck with korea but i recently read taiwans monthly exports are around $ 25-30 billion while korean monthly exports are $ 50 billion so korea mustve gone ahead IMO. China meanwhile (including hong kong & macao) has a scarily high figure of 30,000+ porsches a year & is going to go ahead of usa by 2015 !

          • Mighty曹

            That’s astronomical! The Chung King dude is from 2001 but that’s still an amazing spike in just 12 years.
            http://www.snopes.com/risque/tattled/chung.asp

            Thanks for the links. I’m surprised to see The Philippines as one of the Asian countries with increased sales. But again, the corrupt President himself owned one until public scrutiny forced him to rid of it.

          • chucky3176

            lol… I don’t think the number of Porche’s on the road necessarily indicate anything other than widening income gaps between rich and poor – and a new Korean market trend where young Koreans in their 20′s and 30′s prefer to buy European cars, over Korean ones. The reason being is their prices in Korea are now comparable to prices in Europe, which means they are very affordable for Koreans.

            But definitely the imported cars, not just Porche’s, have made some serious impact into Korea. They now take up 13% of the market. Their market share, especially the Germans, including VW, doubled in just three years after the FTA’s. The domestic makers are seriously worried that they’re losing their market shares so quickly. As for the Japanese makes, their sales have deteriorated even with the FTA with the US (where Honda and Toyota have factories).

      • m0l0k0

        you’ll never be able to get one with that shit attitude. he deserves it you don’t cuz you are piece of shit

    • KamikaziPilot

      Sup playa, how come you don’t post in CSmack anymore? Hope you didn’t get banned.

      • Mighty曹

        Sup Kami. Yeah, I got banned (without warnings). Tell Kai he’s a self-righteous little prick. (Yes, I say this each time I bump into one of the gang here). hahaha!

        • KamikaziPilot

          I’d tell him but then he’d probably ban me, haha. Ah well, I think I’ve read that the mods sometimes led banned posters back after a certain time has passed. Not sure if you still lurk on CSmack but lots of new posters, some sane, some not so sane. We miss your craziness there. Maybe you can ask the mods for another chance and promise to behave.

          • Mighty曹

            Tell him! I doubt you’ll get banned for merely being the ‘messenger’. I look for new articles there but I don’t follow the comments as I can’t post. (You know how frustrating it is to want to say something but can’t). I’ll check occasionally to see if I can post again. For now, I’m very well behaved here in Korea and Japan (and Russia… and Indonesia).

    • m0l0k0

      thats what a chink or a jap would say. koreans have honor and help those in need. remember that it was always koreans in japan who pulled suicidal japs from subway stations.

      • Sillian

        Is trolling like that any fun?

        • Mighty曹

          It must be fun for anyone who can only garner much needed attention to his insignificant life through trolling.

          • m0l0k0

            you say that like you are any better, trying to find acceptance and comradery from…lol…CYBER buddies

      • Mighty曹

        I’m sure no one, not even Koreans, will pull you back. If anything, they’ll give your stupid ass a nice soft boot as the train approaches.

        • chucky3176

          OK, I admit that was too funny.

        • m0l0k0

          you are sick for wishing death on ppl

      • bang2tang

        LOL at Koreans have honor, kkk
        samurai spirit?

  • Racist bozos are brainless

    What the porsche guy did was totally wrong ! Vigilante justice is always a risky proposition (unless there is very little faith in the prowess of the local police) ! The porsche guy made hit & run lady panic so much she drove in the opposite lane head on into the approaching traffic for a good distance (@ 1:00 in video) They all , hit and run lady & her pursuers kept taking hard corners very abruptly. The porsche driver may not have been aware for some time there were 2 other drivers besides him pursuing her. This too could have put him as well as others in danger, there was no co ordination till the end & in the end the porsche driver himself heads directly into a wrong lane with cars coming head on towards him, to finally make her stop (@ 2:13 in video). Maybe the BIG GUY was looking out for this supposed samaritan & now he must be a local hero, but it could have easily gone wrong for him & maybe a few more people. Should have just called her number in – this logic is wrong that a member of the public shouldve taken out the drunk hit & run lady asap because none of the 3 pursuants were trained, like the police usually are, in handling such a situation & they actually made her panic her even more and made her drive even faster and rasher, im not condoning the perpetrator here but the porsche guy himself could have had a bit of alcohol & that could shave a critical few seconds off his response time & the most dangerous time to do fast & furious stunts is at night because you dont know how many others are themselves returning from clubs &/or are tired from a hard days work etc.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    This could easily turned into more innocent deaths. They should of stayed and helped the downed motorcyclist.

    • m0l0k0

      if they didn’t stop the mongloid bitch more innocent ppl would’ve been hit. seems like she was bent on killing ppl. have the fucking bitch sent back to mongolia

  • http://yoursexycousinrex.tumblr.com/ Your Sexy Cousin Rex

    Wu? Are they sure it’s not Wuenkhjargaltuyaa?

  • commander

    In addition to the big applause for the demonstration of brave acts by the three spectators, the dashboard camera deserves some attention.

    Without video recording, the reckless motorist would be highly likely to deny any wrongdoing in the probe. By confronting matetial evidence with the careless driver, the taxi driver, along with the other two, can help administer justice.

    It is this kind of role by the dash cam that attracts a growing number of drivers to install dash cams inside cars to nip in bud any dispute about who is responsible for a traffic accident.

  • One for all

    I once raced a Porsche on a highway in Gyeonggi-do……my Korean-brand sports car could only keep up for about 5km

  • blech

    Common Law vs Civil Law. That’s why she didn’t go to jail. Read this http://askakorean.blogspot.kr/2011/04/what-is-all-this-about-blood-money.him

  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org/ Theodore Wirth

    Thank you for your hard work Brother Ahn.

  • The Real Truth

    Koreans need to have a long hard think about their legal system, whereby criminals who commit serious offenses are able to avoid jail time by paying off the victim. In this case, it sounds like the victim’s husband struck a deal with the accident victim, and so the woman got off without punishment or jail time. How does that protect society? She’s back on the road now, because her husband came up with some ‘blood money’ for the victim. Is the Korean government protecting us from this type of crime by allowing serious offenders to walk free?

    And yes, I do view drunk driving, and hit-and-run crashes as ‘serious crimes’, even more so when someone is injured or property is seriously damaged. The Korean justice system is an embarrassment, and that is why people take vigilante style action. I think the Korean public are tired of people getting off easily after committing a crime. When the government fails to properly punish criminals, and atmosphere of unrest is created whereby citizens then feel compelled to punish or chase down criminals.

    If this woman is still out there driving, the Korean government and justice system have failed. What’s the point in having drunk driving laws if the driver in an accident can merely pay off the victim and get back on the road? Korea cannot yet call itself a developed country with systems like this in place. The Korean justice system more closely resembles that of Pakistan than of any so-called developed country.

    • commander

      Before jumping to a conclusion of ineffectiveness of Korea’s judicial system, we may need to think about what happened behind the driver’s impunity.

      First, how much drunken the driver was is hard to determine, making it hard to punish the driver for exceeded blood alcohole level.

      Second, the motorist who was hit but is known to have minor injuries. It is not known whether the victim wants a out of court settlement or seek to take this case to a court. If there is unwillingness to file a lawsuit by the victim for some reasons, it can’t help it.

      Third, the driver violated several traffic rules in the footage like driving on the opposite lane.

      All these factors appear to be not sufficient to give tough punishment to her.

      I am not meant to defend the troubling driver, but to make a guess about why the driver receive much less of what Netizens say should have been a harsh punishment.

      • The Real Truth

        I realize that Koreans are world famous for their horrible driving, in fact they have elevated horrible driving to a high art form. However, the article says that the woman was not prosecuted because she paid off the victim with cash.

        The problem is that despite bribing the victim, she committed various other crimes that when combined together are quite serious.

        This begs the question; what exactly does one have to do in order to get jail time in Korea, or lose one’s license?

        1. Crossing divider into oncoming traffic
        2. Hitting a motorcycle rider head-on
        3. Failure to render reasonable care (this is a Korean law, you have to offer reasonable care to an accident victim if you cause an accident where the other party is injured)
        4. Fleeing the scene of an accident (hit and run)
        5. Failure to stop at a red light
        6. Illegal u-turn
        7. Failure to stop at a red light again
        8. Driving under the influence of alcohol (according to article)
        9. Driving on the wrong side of the road.

        Can you spot any more violations?

        Now, you go back and negotiate with the motorbike rider. He is probably a peasant too, and being only slightly injured, is probably looking forward to getting his bribe money from the driver in exchange for not pressing charges. You and the motorbike rider roll around in the mud a bit until you come up with a reasonable payment, and as a result, no charges are filed against anyone, and you are back on the road the next day.

        How does this protect US on the road? How does putting dangerously horrible drivers back on the road protect citizens? Are the above offenses not serious in Korea? I realize that Koreans are quite famous for their horrible driving (check youtube), but the government’s failure to crack down on this is even more disturbing.

        • Sillian

          The article only mentions that she was fined but I assume she also got her license lost or suspended. It seems there are two separate things. The damage on the motorbike rider and the violation of traffic laws. The former can be settled between the stakeholders but the latter cannot.

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