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Saudi arrested after car rampage

2011-06-07 04:04:24 GMT2011-06-07 12:04:24(Beijing Time)  Global Times

The son of a Saudi Arabian diplomat was arrested Saturday morning after an alcohol-fuelled rampage that saw him beat a parking attendant before driving off, dragging a policeman for 40 meters and striking two pedestrians.

The 25-year-old Saudi, a student at the Beijing-based University of International Business and Economics, refused to pay a parking fee as he drove his black Mazda bearing diplomatic registration plates out of the stadium parking lot at 7 am Saturday.

Instead, he beat the parking attendant on the chest, according to Xinhua and the Beijing News.

When the police arrived to solve the dispute, the suspect – the son of a Saudi Arabia diplomat, according to an informed source quoted by the Beijing News – refused to reveal his identity and tried to force his way out of the parking lot by assaulting a policeman and dragging him behind the car for more than 40 meters, according to a press release issued by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Sunday.

Two pedestrians were hit by the suspect's car as he tried to escape.

The policeman and the pedestrians suffered injuries, according to Xinhua.

Four taxi drivers volunteered to chase the Saudi's Mazda and blocked its way at the junction of Gongti North Road and Gongti East Road.

After a struggle, the driver and his four passengers were overpowered and taken to a nearby hotel for questioning, the Beijing News reported.

The student has been detained and charged with a crime of interference with public function.

Police found the alcohol level of the driver's blood was 204.7 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood, the press release stated.

Drivers who have more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood are to be charged with the criminal offense of drunk driving under a crackdown that Beijing police launched May 1.

Three drunk expats who crashed a stolen car last Wednesday are still at large, a publicity office employee surnamed Wu of the Haidian District Public Security Bureau told the Global Times on Monday.

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the University of International Business and Economics and the publicity office of Chaoyang District Public Security Bureau could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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