Van speeds through crowded Shibuya Crossing in police chase, gets kicked by pedestrian

The van sped through the pedestrian-filled junction not once, but twice.
The van sped through the pedestrian-filled junction not once, but twice.SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE/NIPPON TELEVISION NEWS 24H

A black van sped through the world-famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo on Monday (Sept 25) night as many pedestrians were crossing the iconic scramble crossing.

It was like a scene out of the movie The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

The van was being pursued by a police car as it ran the red light, in the incident which took place just before 10pm, according to Japanese news site Sora News 24.

The pursuit kicked off when the van driver fled while being questioned by police during a traffic stop.

The van sped through the pedestrian-filled junction not once, but twice.

Surveillance footage showed that roughly 10 seconds after the first pass, the driver made a U-turn and shot through the crossing again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy6xp6R6ln4

After the second time, police officers decided to stop the chase as it was too dangerous, and the authorities are currently searching for the rogue vehicle and its owner, reported Sora News 24.

Fortunately, no pedestrians were hit by the vehicles.

The van was, however, kicked by a pedestrian as it sped through the second time.

The driver, 52-year-old Toshio Miyoshi, was arrested on Tuesday (Oct 3) and taken into custody by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s Shibuya Precinct, according to Sora News 24. Authorities were able to track him down after identifying the van’s licence plate.

He was arrested for crimes such as reckless driving, speeding, failure to comply with police instructions and hitting traffic cones. 

Mr Miyoshi had fled as he did not have his licence on him when questioned by police, and was worried that it would lead to him being suspended from driving, which would disrupt his job at a civil engineering and construction firm.

Located directly outside Shibuya Station, the crowded junction has been said to be the busiest intersection in the world, with over 1,000 people crossing at once during peak times.