TOKYO: A Tokyo taxi driver was arrested for intentionally driving right into a flock of pigeons and killing one, police mentioned Tuesday (Dec 5), reportedly as a result of he was offended that the birds had been on the street.
Atsushi Ozawa, 50, “used his car to kill a common pigeon, which is not a game animal”, within the Japanese capital final month, and was arrested on Sunday for violating wildlife safety legal guidelines, a Tokyo police spokesman advised AFP.
Ozawa sped off from a site visitors mild when it turned inexperienced, ploughing his taxi into the bevy of birds at a pace of 60kmh, native media mentioned.
The sound of the engine reportedly prompted a stunned passer-by to report the incident.
Tokyo police had a veterinarian carry out a autopsy on the hapless pigeon and decided its reason for demise as traumatic shock, in keeping with native media.
“Roads belong to humans, so pigeons should have dodged out of the way,” Ozawa was quoted by native media as telling investigators.
Police referred to as his behaviour “highly malicious” for knowledgeable driver, earlier than deciding to go forward with the arrest, broadcaster Fuji TV mentioned.
“Wow, can you get arrested for running over a pigeon?”, one consumer wrote on X, previously generally known as Twitter.
“He could’ve just honked his car horn or something. But intentionally killing it? That’s crossing the line,” one other posted.