To those of us in the United States the idea of a police checkpoint is repugnant, but for much of the world it’s an everyday event. During my time in Japan, I experienced the process several times and the procedure was always the same. A police taskforce rolled in, set up a blockade and traffic slowed to a crawl while officers on foot spoke with each driver. Once in a while, a driver was directed to pull into a special area off to the side and most people did just what they were told. Non compliance would bring the wrath of a dozen baton-wielding cops and anyone who tried to run would be chased down by one of the police bikes that sat waiting and ready at the far side of the blockade.
The Korean police checkpoint in the video above seems to work in much the same way. The only thing lacking, it appears, are the chase vehicles. Of course, when you have a civilian in a Porsche GT3RS willing to run down your suspect, maybe you don’t need to make the investment.
The footage in the video looks like it comes straight out of a video game but is, in fact, taken from the dash cam of a real-life regular civilian who, along with his girlfriend, just happens to be on scene when a driver decides to bolt from a police checkpoint. The chase that follows happens on busy city streets and we can see pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers lives’ put at risk as the suspect does his best to escape. Eventually, the pursuer realizes that crowding the fleeing car is actually causing its driver to behave even more erratically and backs off to a safer distance while his girlfriend uses her cellular to keep the police apprised of the suspect’s location until they can finally catch up.
In the end, thanks to one civic minded Porsche owner’s willingness to help out, the police get their man. Whether or not it was worth the risk, however, is something I question. Personally, I’d rather that ordinary citizens leave the high speed pursuits and the law enforcement to the professionals. Considering the number of people on the street this cold have ended badly. The fact that it didn’t is just pure, dumb luck. Even so, I’m glad he had a dash cam so I could ride along.