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Police chief probe after seized car transformed

THE owner of a luxury sedan seized by police was astonished to see it later being used as a police car - complete with lights and radio.

Now an investigation has been launched into the senior police officer alleged to have turned it into his personal vehicle.

Tang Yongzhong, a battalion chief of traffic police in Luzhou City of Sichuan Province in southwest China, allegedly equipped the Audi A6 with a plate from a discarded police car and a police radio system and drove it every day, provincial capital Chengdu-based Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

The second-hand vehicle was held in a routine check by Tang's battalion on September 1 as it was suspected of being unlicensed, according to its former owner surnamed Yu.

Yu had paid 110,000 yuan (US$16,000) for the car with a license from neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region last October in Sichuan's Neijiang City.

Yu said there were several bottles of liquor worth thousands of yuan and other personal items in the car when it was seized by police.

But he said there was no response from the police when he asked for the items to be returned.

Yu decided to tell his story online and sparked an immediate uproar with many Netizens demanding answers from the Luzhou traffic police.

Mao Handong, head of Luzhou's traffic police division, promised a thorough investigation into the case and an end to similar incidents.

"It was absolutely unnecessary" to use the car, he said.


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