Confused Japanese tourists get into high speed chase with police on first day of their trip to the U.S.By Mason White 10:23 AM February 27, 2014
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A Japanese couple and their son were left traumatized on their first day in the United States.
The couple was driving their rented car in Utah, when an officer spotted them going only 37 miles per hour and swerving between lanes.
The officer turned his lights on and tried to pull them over. The couple had no idea what was happening so they began to speed up. They drove at about 75 miles per hour, leading the officer on a high speed chase.
Thinking that he was dealing with a drunk driver, the officer called for backup. Soon, there were three police cars in pursuit.
Other officers closed roads and set up tire spikes, a police spokesperson said. After going over the spikes, their car skidded and stopped.
Preparing for the worst, the officers approached the car with their guns drawn, and pulled the woman and the man out from the car. That was when they saw the couple’s 7-years-old son crying in the back seat.
The officers also learned that the family did not speak English. “The child was crying, and the parents looked nervous and confused,” the police spokesperson said.
“I think they were terrified,” he added.
Realizing they were dealing with language and cultural barriers, and not with a drunk driver or a fugitive, officials changed their strategy.
Officers consoled the child and then found an officer who spoke Japanese, so they could communicate with the couple through the phone. The woman said that she had no idea what she was supposed to do when the police officer turned on the lights and siren, so they hurried to get out of the way.
Thankfully, no one was injured and there was no major damage to the cars. Officer drove the couple to a motel so they could rest for the night and wished them a safe trip.
Authorities do not intend to press charges.