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Presidential Office 'attack' simply bad driving: police

Presidential Office 'attack' simply bad driving: police

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) A man in his late 30s who drove his car into the front area of the Presidential Office in downtown Taipei early Monday morning was simply trying to get hold of his cellphone, Taipei police said later that day.
The man, surnamed Lin, crashed his SUV into a stone platform used to bear decorative flowers at around 6:42 a.m. while driving on Ketagalan Boulevard, police said.
The driver was not injured and was taken to a local police station for interrogation. The stone platform into which Lin crashed is a protective measure to prevent vehicles from directly hitting the Presidential Office, and suffered only minor damage.
Lin told police that he was trying to get hold of his cellphone while driving, and then accidentally bumped into the stone plinth. He said he had no political motivation, police said.
The police said they had also contacted Lin's family and asked them to come to Taipei to help clarify whether Lin has any illness.
Lin is an iron worker and his parents are farmers, police said. President Ma Ying-jeou was not at the Presidential Office when the accident occurred. He has been informed of the incident.
The accident follows a case in January 2014, when Chang Te-cheng rammed his 35-ton gravel truck through barriers and up the front steps of the Presidential Office.
Chang reportedly drove his car into the Presidential Office because of his strong dissatisfaction over a court ruling over his divorce.
After that incident, protective measures in front of the Presidential Office were strengthened. (By Liu Chien-pang, Lin Hung-han and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-23 19:53 GMT+08:00