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Daughter's phone call thwarts father's murder attempt

QUICK THINKING Concerned about her mom's safety, a woman insisted on joining her parents for a drive and succeeded in stopping her father from killing them all

STAFF WRITER

A Miaoli man surnamed Chiu () failed in his attempt to kill his family and himself on Saturday due to the quick thinking of his oldest daughter, a report by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister newspaper) said yesterday.

Chiu's two daughters became concerned for their mother on Saturday evening after their father insisted that she take a drive with him, the report said.

Chiu had recently quarreled with his wife, and his daughters were worried about their mother's safety because of their father's history of violence. The two daughters, aged 17 and 20, insisted on joining their parents for the ride and it wasn't long before all four began arguing and screaming as Chiu drove, the report said.

Chiu drove to a railroad crossing near the Yichun Road Interchange and parked his car on the tracks.

His eldest daughter used her mobile phone to call the police after Chiu threatened to kill all of them by allowing the next train to ram the car.

Police officers Chen Jen-kang (陳仁康) and Wu Wei-teh (吳維德) rushed to the scene, but Chiu had already driven away by the time they arrived, the report said.

They were able to track the car down because the daughter had given the police the car's license plate number.

A high-speed chase ensued but Wu and Chen were able to force Chiu's car to the side of the road, where they arrested him.

Reportedly hysterical and crying, the daughters told police that their father had just threatened to crash the car and kill them all.

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