An official surnamed Chen crashed into seven cars in Haikou, South China's Hainan Province, on Tuesday, killing one of the other drivers and causing widespread anger following comments he made to local police officers, Henan Business News reported on Wednesday.
The report said Chen, 31, the deputy secretary of the Haikou Worker's Culture Palace, was driving a Volvo when the accident happened.
The report also said that when police took Chen to hospital, he shouted that he would make sure all the police officers would immediately be sacked if they arrested him.
Chen also refused to comply with the police officers' request to take a blood sample and told them that he is a NPC deputy.
A police officer surnamed Zhang with the Haikou Municipal Public Security Bureau told the Global Times on Wednesday that the accident is being investigated but that it seems that it may have been caused by Chen driving when he was exhausted.
Zhang confirmed that Chen has been detained
The case has been compared to that of a man from Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, who told the police "my uncle is Jin Quanyou" after he also crashed into several cars on December 17. His uncle is an officer at a local police station.
And Chen's case has also reminded people of Li Qiming, the son of a deputy director of the public security bureau in Baoding, Hebei, who yelled "Sue me if you dare. My father is Li Gang," after he ran over two university students, one of whom later died, in Hebei University on October 16.
Xia Xueluan, a sociology professor at Peking University, told the Global Times on Wednesday that such behavior is due to the disparity between the rich and poor in China.
"Nepotism is widespread in China, so rich people and officials are not respectful of others because they believe they and their relatives can handle everything even if they kill someone," he said.
"I hope members of the public will unite to fight against corruption, and then the rich and officials will not be so arrogant. And drivers should not only learn driving skills but also driving ethics such as respect for others," Xia added.
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