• Jan 25, 2008

Toward the end of The Professional, Detective Stansfield is about to go after hitman Leon, and Stansfield tells his second in command "Get me everyone." When his second asks what he means, he screams "I... mean... EVERYONE." Something like that must have happened in Osaka, Japan, when the police department got a bead on a man wanted for assaulting police officers.

Twenty-seven-year-old Hirofumi Fukuda, driving a white Lexus sedan, was approached by a patrol car for running red lights. When he saw the police, he did what any self-respecting lawbreaker would do: he took off. That's the easy part. The double-take comes when it took 2,240 police officers, 460 police cars, and one helicopter two hours to catch the man. The city of Osaka is just 85.4 square miles -- about the size of Baltimore. Which is a lot of police in a little space looking for one single guy. And in fact, they didn't catch him: he crashed into a bridge support and sustained minor injuries. If he ever gets out of prison, he'll be a great guy to play Grand Theft Auto IV with.

Thanks for the tip, catgirlshyla!

[Source: Japan Today]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Was the use of unnecessary violence approved?

      see: Blues Brothers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe the driver was on a mission from God?
      • 7 Years Ago
      He was lucky it was in Japan and not in the country where police officers shoot first and ask questions later.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey a clip of ammunition costs less than all the manpower and fuel spent there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      not very long ago, the chief of police would have commited sepuku over much less than this kind of "losing face"
      • 7 Years Ago
      460 cars? Did they try to artificially create a traffic jam to catch him?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did anyone for one moment consider the possibility that the source is twisting the truth just a bit? Most of those forces were probably on stand-by awaiting orders, otherwise doing their equally stereotypical equivalent of North American officer's coffee and donuts stereotype.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Greates... Movie... Ever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      haha omg!!! poor Lexus :-(
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL
      Japanese people are funny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Musta been a slow crime day.
      :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      "driving a white Lexus sedan...."

      It's actually a Toyota Celsior. The vidclip here proves it.

      http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=3647

      You can clearly see the Toyota Bull Logo on the Front Grill and the Steering Wheel in two shots.

        • 7 Years Ago
        *facepalm*

        Jus....Just don't say anything. Don't say anything. I don't know whats sadder to be honest.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Lexus LS400 and LS430 were badge-engineered versions of the Toyota Celsior, since the Lexus brand didn't launch in Japan until a couple years ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually, according to the news footage, the dood got out of the all white Celsior/LS430 after ramming police cars and got into ANOTHER car, which appears to the be the two tone white/gray Toyota Crown which he ultimately crashed, pictured above. note the pillarless hardtop doors on the smashed up Crown.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think we Americans should be laughing.

      Remember the OJ car chase?

      :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Seoultrain:

        Oh, and watch out for hop-ons. You'll get some hop-ons.
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