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Drug-impaired driver arrested over dangerous rampage in N China

A man who rammed his vehicle through a vegetable market in downtown Shijiazhuang, in north China’s Hebei Province, and crashed into a local traffic police station, has been found driving under the influence of narcotics.
 
The rampage of the drug-impaired driver, who was only identified by his surname Li, left six injured. He first came to the attention of police when he hit a pedestrian at a busy open-air market on Wednesday morning.
 
Policemen attempted to block his way, and tried to get him out of the car by striking the windows with their guns. Li, however, refused to cooperate and locked himself in.
 
The drugged driver even threatened to slash his throat with a pair of scissors. He soon revved his engine and continued running amok, plowing into a motorized tricycle. Some of the bystanders tried to follow him on foot in a failed foray to deter him from causing further damage and commotion.
 
The ruckus abated after Li drove up a flight of stairs and right into the hall of a nearby traffic police station, where he was seized by law enforcers.
 
An illicit substance was found in Li’s system, the police said on its official account on Twitter-like Weibo, without specifying the drug type. Further investigation is currently underway.
 
Initial test result indicated that Li was driving under the influence of an illicit substance, the police said on its official account on Twitter-like Weibo, without specifying the drug type. Further investigation is currently underway.

According to a report published by China’s Ministry of Public Security in March 2016, a total of 1,562 deaths and 4,934 injuries have been caused by driving under the influence of drugs since 2013.
 
China has been eyeing harsher punishments on such offenders. In July 2016, the National Narcotics Control Commission stated that driving under the influence of narcotics should be punishable under the Criminal Law.

Drivers who take hard drugs should be given jail sentences regardless of whether they have caused an accident, the statement noted.

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