Earlier this week, Chang Teh-cheng crashed a 35-ton gravel truck into the main gate of the Taiwan Presidential Palace, in a premeditated attack fueled by anger over his recent domestic abuse sentencing. Now, Chang has been set free—albeit very, very briefly—so he can return home for Spring Festival.
Chang apparently greeted this momentary reprieve with the phrase, “Yay, going home!” which, although not the most creative thing we’ve ever heard, sounds about right.
As more details come out, the more guilty Chang looks. According to The China Post:
Before his shocking maneuver, Chang had posted multiple times on Facebook his plans to run into the Presidential Office and the Taipei District Court; he had said that he would crash his truck into the Presidential Office in the early morning when there is little traffic and few pedestrians near the building. Chang was reportedly furious over a court decision that sentenced him to 40 days behind bars after he was convicted of domestic violence. The messages were not taken seriously until Saturday.
Following the incident, a letter from Chang to a local TV station was aired, saying that if his act caused any deaths, he is willing to be sentenced to death, or to serve a life sentence if there were none. The letter had been delivered before Chang drove his truck into the Presidential Office. Chang also claimed that he had initially wished to drive his truck into the Taipei District Court but failed.
Chang is currently at home eating his New Year’s dinner (he was deemed too injured by the incident to be a flight risk) but this is likely one of the few free nights he will have in some time.