By on May 5, 2014

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.

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21 Comments on “Video: Korean Porsche Owner Chases Down DUI Suspect...”

  • avatar

    Allow me to play devils advocate…

    The man in the GT3 very well may have more high speed/racing expertise than the average pursuit officer.

    • 0 avatar

      I was thinking the same thing.

      I also question whether the potential cost of these sorts of chases might not be worth more than the benefit.

    • 0 avatar

      He’s probably an investment banker at Hyundai Bank with zero expertise, but very styled hair.

    • 0 avatar

      I appreciate Devil’s Advocate, but who likely has more expertise following a suspect in crowded city streets? Which of the two can tactically coordinate with other officers on the street? Instead, they have a flat out chase on their hands and now have to worry about the behavior of two drivers.

      City streets should never be confused with a race track. Although, I give the GT3 driver credit for backing off for a bit.

    • 0 avatar

      Even if the GT3 driver does have more speed training, the legal liability makes it not worth the risk (if Korean law resembles US even a little in that regard).

  • avatar

    Cool video, but yeah I gotta agree with the author’s last paragraph. Who knows why the car was running, it could be something as innocuous as a new driver violating a license restriction or something else mundane. Hardly worth this type of response.

    I can only imagine the amount of legal liability doing something like this in North America would open you up to.

    • 0 avatar

      korea has high import taxes so i’m guessing a GT3 is a lot more than it is anywhere else

      i’m assuming someone who has the money to buy that would spend some money on training, or maybe not

  • avatar

    “In the end, thanks to one civic minded Porsche owner’s…”


    “In the end, thanks to one wealthy, flamboyant Korean with running dash cam…”

    He just wanted a reason to play Midnight Club in real life, knowing he wouldn’t get a ticket/arrested because A) he was “helping” and B) he has an expensive car and is likely “known” in the area.

    I drove around Korea for several months, in metro and rural areas, and not once did I encounter a police checkpoint. They aren’t common there. And the police normally drive a Hyundai van or some LPG Samsung SM5’s – both of which are seriously lacking in power.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, I’ve lived off and on in Korea for a long time now and have seen and been through more sobriety checkpoints than I can count, both urban and rural. They’re most out in force on Friday evenings to catch the guys going home after work dinners.

      And to address the original post, Korean checkpoints are non-discriminatory. Every driver who goes through blows on the breathylzer. The area off to the side is for when you blow over.

  • avatar

    I was last in Korea a quarter century ago. At that time, the checkpoints had a dual function. They could catch infiltrators from North Korea, and they could stop young women from traveling without their ID cards which mama san kept locked up to encourage the young women to keep working to pay off their debt to her. The debt was often for a loan to her family, not her.

  • avatar

    I think the Porsche driver shows admirable restraint and calm. He doesn’t crowd the jumper or try any stupid tricks.

    The police, on the other hand, look like doofs. They took forever and only show up with one car, without lights? What’s up with that?

  • avatar

    “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…”

    Yeah, but one really good thing about America is that we’re almost the only place on Earth where it’s NOT considered good police work to beat a confession out of a suspect.

    The things I’ve read and heard about how Japanese cops operate make me exceedingly glad I don’t live there.

  • avatar

    I agree with the general premise that the GT3 owner probably made things worse in this case. However, I have to say I was surprised by the lack of asshatery in his driving. I was expecting a tail wagging drift fest with baby strollers being flung to safety by screaming mothers. He was careful at every intersection and generally gave the drunk bozo lots of space. It was probably done as much to protect his baby (the car, not his girlfriend) as out of concern for others, but I think he handled the pursuit pretty well. And unfortunately we don’t have a crystal ball. Maybe the guy in the GT3 made this way worse than it needed to be. Or maybe the drunk would have run over some poor smuck and killed them on his way home or to the next bar. The footage of the wreck makes the fact that he shouldn’t be on the road pretty evident.

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    Volt 230

    I’d say police are too lenient here, just this weekend there was a one price beer fest at the local zoo, no you don’t get to drink with the apes, but for a fee, you get to try out all the frigging beer your heart and stomach desire, I asked a gut who left there tipsy as hell if there was any police presence when it let out late at night and he said none, I wonder how many impaired drivers left that place late night.

  • avatar

    I currently live in Daegu, South Korea and have been all over this country. Those checkpoints are useless. Furthermore, Korean police cars are usually cars like the Hyundai Avante (our Elantra, yeah), Sonata, Daewoo Tosca, etc. Essentially, slow cars that can barely get out of their own way.

    I will say this, driving on Highway #1 in Korea is better than the Autobahn in Germany. You can sustain 120+ MPH and eat up miles depending on what time of day it is and what area you’re in. Just don’t get caught by a traffic camera or you’ll get a ticket in the mail. Yep, that’s it. No jail time, just a fine.

    • 0 avatar

      Highway 1 is nice for you because you live in Daegu.

      Anywhere within an hour of Seoul is 80-90kph traffic 16-17 hours of the day.

      Have you ever driven the Autobahn? It’s leagues ahead of any Korean highway. The problem with Korean highways are the Korean drivers. They can pop out at you from the right lane into the left, forcing hard decelerations; they cruise in the left lane; don’t understand common international “heads up” signals from the rear; don’t move over for faster traffic, on and on and on.

      In Germany, if someone rear ends you in the left lane of an Autobahn, you’re at fault. In Korea, you can assume that the guy you’re about to pass going 100MPH+ is going to jump out and hit the brakes.

      • 0 avatar

        “In Germany, if someone rear ends you in the left lane of an Autobahn, you’re at fault.”

        Ach, ja. SO German. Like making Jews pay for the property damage of Kristallnacht. Or the propaganda posters in Polish blaming England for Germany’s invasion of Poland.

  • avatar

    Oppa Gangnam Style!!!

  • avatar

    What kind of an urban car chase is this when they don’t even drive over a fruit and veg cart?

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