Motorcyclist detained for lying about contracting COVID-19 to escape traffic ticket
Published: Jan 20, 2021 07:23 PM

A citizen rides on an electric bike in Haikou, south China's Hainan Province, Oct. 13, 2020. The southern Chinese province of Hainan has suspended a number of ferry and train services and canceled some flights as the 16th typhoon of the year barrels toward land. The Hainan provincial government issued the second-highest emergency alert for typhoon Nangka at 10 a.m. Tuesday. (Xinhua/Yang Guanyu)

A man from Yancheng, East China's Jiangsu Province, has been detained by police after he was caught without a helmet while riding a motorcycle and then lying that he had contracted COVID-19 in order to escape punishment.  

The man, surnamed Hao, was stopped by local police while riding a motorcycle without a helmet and also carrying an adult on the back seat of his bike, violating traffic laws specifying that only children aged under 16 are allowed to be carried. 

Hao was unwilling to be fined and refused to accept the ticket, while shrieking that he had tested positive for coronavirus. 

Shocked at the claim, police twice asked Hao for confirmation, and Hao insisted that his claims were true. 

When the police checked with the local epidemic prevention and control department, Hao suddenly confessed that he had been lying.  

Hao has been detained for seven days for obstructing the police from performing their duties. Chinese netizens, however, believe the punishment is far from enough.

Global Times