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President safe after man crashes car outside official residence

2014/11/04 09:08:59

The car is impounded after the incident.

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou was not affected when a man crashed his car apparently on purpose on the perimeter of the presidential residence early Tuesday morning, police said.

According to local media reports, the president, who was jogging at the time, witnessed the incident and was immediately escorted to safety.

The perpetrator, said to be a 60-year-old man surnamed Chen, reportedly acted in an attempt to air his grievances after his complaints about a medical dispute yielded no results.

The man was taken to a police station nearby for questioning.


[The man arrested for attempt to crash a car into the presidential residence. CNA photo Nov. 4, 2014]

A picture published by the Apple Daily online showed his car relatively unscathed, with only a can of red paint apparently burst on impact. The can of paint was hanging from the front bumper of the car.

The car was stopped in front of one of the gates after at least one of its tires was pierced by a spike strip.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Jay Chen)
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[Locations of the Presidential Office (up) and the presidential residence]