A diplomat from America fled Seoul after an incident that was suspected to have been hit and run. The American is now being held at large by US forces, South Korean authorities claim.
A member of the US diplomatic staff was allegedly at the wheel of a car which collided with an taxi in Seoul’s central area on Wednesday.
The crash is said to have happened when the vehicle was changing lanes, damaging the cab’s rear bumper.
The accident was minor, but the diplomat didn’t stop to deal with it. The diplomat pressed the accelerator instead, and tried to run from the situation. A chase ensued.
His taxi driver continued following him to the Yongsan Garrison. It is a military and diplomatic American facility located in Seoul. Police arrived at the scene, but the diplomat along with his three companions refused to cooperate.
They refused to submit to an alcohol screening and instead drove within the base which is not accessible to Korean law enforcement. The police also couldn’t detain the member of the US mission outside the facility due to his diplomatic immunity.
Since then, the suspect is still at the Yongsan Garrison. To reach the suspect, police made a request for assistance to the US Embassy. “We plan to decide on the charges after seeing the statement of the US diplomat,”The police stated.
This incident seems to be another instance of outlandish conduct in the recent past by Korean diplomats and their families.
A Dutch diplomat’s husband was questioned by police after lightly striking a Korean citizen with his car while arguing over parking spots.
In June, Belgium had to recall its ambassador Peter Lescouhier from the country over his wife’s violent behavior. First, it was recorded that the woman slapped a shopkeeper. Then she got into a brawl after the cleaner accidentally touched his broom.
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