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Officer punched in fury over fine

A BRITISH returnee was detained yesterday after hitting a police officer because of a 5 yuan (73 US cents) fine.

The suspect, surnamed Qi, 23, punched the traffic policeman after he had been stopped when he was riding a scooter on a non-motor vehicle lane.

The 58-year-old officer suffered bruises to the face and a bleeding nose.

He brought Qi under control with the help of passers-by.

Jing'an District Prosecutors' Office yesterday approved the arrest of Qi for disrupting public service, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail.

"I acted on impulse and I very much regret that now," Qi said of last week's incident.

Qi, a Jiangsu Province native, came to the city to look for a job after graduating from a British university this year.

He had secured a position in a real estate company and was supposed to start work the day after the incident.

On August 18, Qi was riding a scooter with his girlfriend on the back on a non-motor vehicle lane on Nanjing Road W.

The traffic policeman, surnamed Wang, stopped them and decided to fine him 5 yuan, which caused the girlfriend to swear at the officer.

Qi jumped off the scooter and hit Wang despite his girlfriend's attempts to stop him.


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