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Driver's 2-year-old son in tear gas scare

POLICE sprayed tear gas at a driver after he refused to pull over but instead dragged a traffic officer along the road for more than 10 meters.

Tuesday's incident sparked a furious reaction from local residents after the driver said police had not only sprayed him with the gas but also his two-year-old son who was sitting in the back seat at the time.

However, police responded yesterday by saying that no one had noticed the child was in the car and that medical checks showed he had not been affected.

They said the driver could face detention for violating traffic laws and obstructing police in their duties.

A witness surnamed Guo said the incident took place on Xinjian Road E. in Minhang District when a traffic police officer asked a driver to stop and produce his driving license.

"The policeman kept warning the driver to pull over his car, but the driver stepped on the gas and dragged the policeman," said Guo. "He was dragged for over 10 meters and he had to climb on the car door to avoid falling."

Guo said the driver was swearing at the policeman while driving and other officers had to use tear gas to stop him.

On Weibo, many posters wrote in support of the police action, saying that the driver deserved what had happened, while others raised questions over when police should use tear gas.

A traffic police spokesman surnamed Sun said yesterday that traffic police were not equipped with tear gas, but other officers who were on patrol nearby may have used it when finding their colleagues were in danger of being harmed.


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