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Mistaken arrest of a man in his 30s on suspicion of drunk driving on a motorcycle Metropolitan Police Department

On the 12th, it was found that the Metropolitan Police Department had mistakenly arrested a man in his 30s who was pushing a motorcycle by hand in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, for driving a motorcycle while drunk.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, before 9:00 pm on the 12th, a male driver and a male office worker in his 30s were arguing near a taxi parked on the street in Narimasu, Itabashi Ward. A male lieutenant in his 50s and a male police chief in his 30s rushed to the scene.

The lieutenant inspector and the chief police officer said that the driver “felt the impact and got out of the car to find that the motorcycle had fallen over.” He was arrested on the spot on suspicion of driving.

However, after examining the drive recorder installed in the taxi, it was found that the man was walking while pushing the motorcycle by hand.

Police released the man about 13 hours after his arrest and apologized.

The man said at the time that he was not driving a motorcycle.

Mami Tanaka, Director of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Transportation General Affairs Division, commented, “I apologize to the man. We will thoroughly instruct police officers to prevent recurrence.”

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