In yet another odd incident of miscommunication, a family of Chinese tourists were chased down by San Diego police officers on Interstate 8 in Mission Valley.
Late on Sunday night, the Chinese family was cruising down the freeway in a Honda CR-V when sirens began to blare and lights started to flash in their rearview mirror. Unaccustomed to police officers actually pulling cars over (a rare occurrence in China), the tourists continued driving.
Police officers reported that the Honda came to a momentary stop in the middle of the freeway, but then carried on driving. After a few minutes the car finally pulled over on the shoulder, reports ABC News.
Much to the officers’ surprise, a bewildered Chinese woman stepped out of the vehicle, along with her husband and their young son.
After quickly realizing that the pursuit was nothing more than a simple misunderstanding, the officers told the family about the American custom of pulling over when a cop car flashes its lights behind you, and let them go on their way.
While a typical police pursuit usually ends in an arrest or fine, this one ended with a high five exchanged between a San Diego police officer and the little boy… he even got a SDPD sticker!
Watch the ABC News report below:
By Robin Winship