Road crash stunt lands Chinese ‘humour blogger’ and his mum behind bars

Sue Ng

A fake road accident staged and filmed by a “humour blogger” has landed him and his cast and crew – including his mother – in detention for five days in central China.

Officers in Zhengzhou, Henan province, said on Wednesday they received a complaint on the weekend about an “online celebrity who planned and filmed a car crash video in the street that seriously disturbed the traffic order”.

At about 6pm on Sunday, a 26-year-old man identified only as Chao drove a blue Lamborghini to an intersection in Jinshui district and pretended to collide with an electric scooter driven by his 55-year-old mother, surnamed Cao, police said.

The stunt was filmed by his friend, Liu, and designed to help Chao attract more followers on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform.

A man records the “collision” between a blogger and a Lamborghini with the blogger’s mother on her scooter in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Photo: Weibo

The incident stopped traffic at the intersection for more than 40 minutes, police said.

Footage of the stunt was also taken by passers-by and posted on video website Pear Video on Thursday.

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In it, Cao rolls around on the road pretending to have been hit, angering motorists.

“Auntie, do you not think you are in the way?” one man says at Cao.

Police said the three were each detained and fined 200 yuan (US$28) for the offence of “disturbing public order”.

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