Saitama policeman scratches cars in drunken rage

SAITAMA —

A police sergeant has been arrested for scratching parked cars in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture.

According to prefectural police, the officer, who has been named as Tetsuo Taguchi, 54, is accused of scratching several parked cars with a coin in a car park on Sunday night. He was identified from surveillance camera footage.

During police questioning, Taguchi was quoted as saying, “I was angry because I was having trouble at home. I was drunk and I scratched a few cars.”

Japan Today

  • 5

    eye

    This behaviour from a 54 year old and a policeman.

  • 23

    qazwsx

    The police should follow the example of the US Navy in Japan and ban all drinking after 10pm. Give them a curfew too, then crime will be reduced by the looks of things

  • 3

    Elvensilvan

    Instead of venting it out on other people, he should have scratched his own car ... but then it would lead to more problems at home.

  • -1

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Complete Berk !

  • 5

    Mirai Hayashi

    JPolice...no end to their stupidity....what happened to their campaign to earn back the trust of the public? Looks like an utter failure to me.

  • 3

    YuriOtani

    Maybe they can go through rehab tougher. US Military, J Police, Japanese lawmakers, lawyers, etc.

  • 1

    Saulo Akazawa

    The power of an sergeant and the self control of a teenager!!!! Now just take this gun and go protect and serve!!!!LOL

  • 3

    heretoolong

    He'll just get a slap on the wrist, told how naughty he was, bow before his boss, and all is good, right? Outstanding.

  • -1

    iwatejay

    Maybe using a coin was his unconscious way of saying that he was having money problems at home.

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    Ah, the keystones at it again! I say they should impose a no-drinking law on police, and add a curfew to boot! All those not on duty must stay at home and cannot drink, or else they have to leave Japan.

  • -1

    MoBass4u

    What a fool. I'll bet this won't get a hundred or more comments. Most likely off by Friday.

  • 2

    cleo

    54 years old, still only a sergeant, and living in Saitama. No wonder he got drunk.

    Doesn't make it OK to damage other folks' property, though.

    Book. Throw,

  • 1

    HollisBrown

    I suppose it's better than taking upskirt photos of HS girls, groping, committing assault, or killing yourself. It seems the keystones are getting better...slowly.

  • -1

    WilliB

    Ha! Crazy cop in Saitama. Two of the standard events join together...

  • 0

    Leonard Carlson

    YuriOtani

    Maybe they can go through rehab tougher. US Military, J Police, Japanese lawmakers, lawyers, etc.

    Mirai Hayashi

    JPolice...no end to their stupidity....what happened to their campaign to earn back the trust of the public? Looks like an utter failure to me.

    Again, labeling a group of people for the actions of a few individuals.

    When entrusted with a postition of power like that they should be held accountable and made an example of. People make mistakes and hopefully he will learn from his.

  • -2

    combinibento

    My friend back in high school was a hard-core patriot when it came to American cars and I'm ashamed to say I once saw him take a coin out of his pocket and scratch a few Japanese cars out of, well, stupidity basically but as far as he saw it, angst against foreign cars taking sales and jobs from Americans. I wonder how he'd react to watching a story about a Japanese man who scratched up a bunch of (likely) Japanese cars...

  • -2

    AKBfan

    Dimwit. How scratching a car solve problems at home (or, Combini, the loss of overpaid US jobs to Japanese workers) escapes me. Like punching the wall out fo frustration - ridiculous. and a cop.

  • 1

    sidesmile

    Child.

  • 3

    nandakandamanda

    Easy to scratch, and cheap relief to be gained from imagining the anger of others.

    Guess how much time and effort and money will have to go into respraying these cars back to perfect again. Mr Taguchi, how much will you be paying from your salary, I wonder?

  • 1

    willynilly

    cleo@

    and living in Saitama

    ???? Is there a reason for this comment?

  • 0

    Serrano

    The man might just be going through hell at home.

  • 3

    nandakandamanda

    Serrano: "The man might just be going through hell at home."

    Send the repair bill to his wife then.

  • 0

    Dennis Bauer

    @willynilly

    if you often come to this site, then you will notice that it seems that saitama is more often mentioned than other places

  • -4

    prometheus419

    Give him a break

  • 0

    ebisen

    The only time I had a scratched car was when some idiot did it with the tip of an umbrella. I called the police and they could see the person on the security cam, but no luck in to identifying him. The damage went way over 100.000 yen.

  • 1

    JapanGal

    qazwsx@

    Agreed.

    Plus, if he was smarter he would have used a key.

  • 1

    sillygirl

    where is the outrage of the japanese people?

  • 1

    Konsta

    sillygirlNov. 28, 2012 - 05:20PM JST where is the outrage of the japanese people?

    Outrage towards what? Scratching a few cars with coin? There is no need for Japanese public to behave ridiculously. The same goes with the curfew for scratching.

  • -1

    BoredToTears

    If he was going to scratch cars, why in a parking lot? Go scratch the cars that punks parked on the side of the street. Ha!

  • 3

    sillygirl

    i want to see a no drinking policy and curfews!!!! i am outraged the supposed protectors are rabble rousers, molesters, thiefs and goldbrickers.

  • 0

    Vance Chisu H

    I guess he didn't scratch up any yakuza cars or there might have been, or will be, real justice.

  • 0

    sillygirl

    @Fadamor - and that is just too bad.

  • 0

    Crazedinjapan

    And yet another fine act of police being professional . I think the number of drunken or illegal acts out numbers that of the military personnel this year doesn't it ??? Anyone have the stats on that ??

  • 2

    Tom Webb

    Another fine example for the JP youngsters to follow. No wonder the country is going into the toilet.

  • 0

    Pontepilate

    More of a skeleton in the cupboard of cupboards of skeletons...a drunken vandal of an officer complaining about torture at home... Wow! To have preferred a cell at some precinct to his home is quite telling!!!

  • -1

    BurakuminDes

    C'mon - at least he didn't grope anyone or take upskirt pics. Maybe the behaviour of Japanese police is finally improving?

  • 0

    bajhista65

    Fine.... removed him from the service with no pensions and benifit from retirement. A MENACE to the force and Japan society. Waiting for follow ups from this report JT Editor?

  • 0

    duke

    *"cleo:

    and living in Saitama
    

    ???? Is there a reason for this comment?"*

    ### agree with Willynilly, what have you got against Saitama Cleo?


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