Chinese International Student Arrested Trying to Flee US

UCI and Chinese study-abroad student Zhou Yuan being arrested by California police after a high-speed chase in Los Angeles.

UCI and Chinese study-abroad student Zhou Yuan being arrested by California police after a high-speed chase in Los Angeles.

From NetEase:

Warrant Issued for Chinese Study-Abroad Student Speeding in United States, Arrested at Airport Trying to Return to China November 9 report — This past February, a Chinese international student named Zhou Yuan who was speeding on a Los Angeles freeway was pursued by police for over 40 minutes before finally being arrested. According a Chinese online report in the United States, while being wanted by the court, he recently attempted to return to China and was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport.

Chinese study-abroad student Zhou Xun previously charged with resisting arrest was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and may now face an even more severe sentence. Lawyers remind Chinese study-abroad students that if they violate the law, they must resolve the matter in accordance with legal procedures and must not use methods such as fleeing back to their country in order to escape legal punishment.

At 8:30pm of February 20th this year, while Chinese study-abroad student Zhou Yuan was driving a white BMW on Freeway 5 near downtown Los Angeles, he was intercepted by police for speeding and weaving. However, Zhou Yuan not only did not stop, he sped up, with police dispatching at least five police cars and a helicopter in pursuit of Zhou Yuan, with speeds at times reaching 120 miles per hour. It wasn’t until over 40 minutes later that Zhou Yuan’s car was forced to a stop on the Pacific Coast Highway by police. This chase was live broadcasted by local Los Angeles mainstream media.

The night he was arrested, Zhou Yuan was leased on bail after paying 100,000 yuan [USD]. Court documents show that Zhou Yuan did not appear in court on September 10th as scheduled, with the judge immediately issuing a 100,000 yuan [USD] bench warrant ordering his arrest. According to the relevant sources, with a bench warrant for his arrest, Zhou Yuan attempted to fly back to China from Los Angeles International Airport at 2:20pm on October 25th and was arrested by police. Court documents also confirm this information.

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UCI and Chinese study-abroad student Zhou Yuan being arrested by California police after a high-speed chase in Los Angeles.

Comments from NetEase:

Eggitch Eggitch [网易英国手机网友]:

May you enjoy your time in American prison.

网易上海市手机网友 ip:101.86.*.*

Those who go abroad indeed are all rich!

网易山东省济宁市手机网友 ip:112.236.*.* (responding to above)

Definitely a second generation [usually referring to children of government officials or the rich].

网易海南省海口市手机网友 ip:202.100.*.*

This kid sure is a genius. To post bail so quickly means his family has money. It’s just that he doesn’t have much brains, waiting until they issue a warrant for his arrest and still trying to fly back.

winsonpoon [网易加拿大手机网友]:

Don’t come back to China to endanger people. Stay in an American prison and have your ass raped.

大禅帅 [网易江西省新余市手机网友]:

Brother [referring to self] was a car god in his day. No one on the streets could beat me in a race. Now I’m old, and can do it no longer…

仟里馬 [网易北京市手机网友]:

You thought you could go anywhere and rely on your dad [to get you out of trouble]?!

bb9aa35500e26ea4183a37b3 [网易澳大利亚手机网友]:

Good job. If he was allowed to come back, he’d sooner or later hit and kill someone.

该昵称不敢显示 [网易四川省达州市手机网友]:

That is America over there [not China].

网易江苏省苏州市手机网友 ip:114.217.*.*

Garbage. Just kill him.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • RealisticRealist


    • Commander Jameson

      2005 calling…..they want their sofa back.

  • David

    If your just speeding you stop and get the ticket (or if it was really bad you spend a night in jail) and have daddy’s lawyer take care of it. You go to court and you pay the fine. Trying to evade and reckless endangerment will get you put in prison and attempting to flee means he will now not be granted bail while waiting for trial. Stupid.

    • Teacher in China

      Even more stupid than that (as pointed out by one of the Chinese commenters) was hanging around in the country for more than a month after missing his court date, and then deciding only after the arrest warrant was issued to flee. What the hell did he think was going to happen when he missed his court date? “Oh well, he didn’t come, I guess we’ll just drop the charges then!”

      • Jahar

        I know you’re being sarcastic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he thought nothing would happen.

      • Traveler

        Probably so used to Mommy and Daddy making this shit go away for him that it never occurred to him.

      • Alexander

        He will most likely be charged with vehicular manslaughter and probably will get 3 years of prison time, but I don’t see him getting any more than ten, especially being a first time offender assuming. Instead of all the foolishness, he should have went to court and should have had his parents hire a top notch attorney which could get the charges lowered to something like reckless driving. Now he will have no bond and will have to sit in jail until his court date, he will go protective custody (PC) which means he will spend all day in a 5 meter square cell…. He was foolish to even try, let alone try on the West Coast to fly out….. he should have went to Mexico and flown out from there or flown out from some place far from the West Coast where his story is too well known….

        • Jahar

          He didn’t kill anyone, why would he be charged with manslaughter?

      • must touch brain

        In China, the police tend to forget everything between reading the news, drinking tea, smoking and falling asleep in patrol cars.

      • Dr Sun

        bench warrants are issued on the day you don’t turn up to court, that’s why its called a bench warrant.

      • Probotector

        What the hell did he think was going to happen when he missed his court date? “Oh well, he didn’t come, I guess we’ll just drop the charges then!”

        Probably, it’s how it’s done in China.

    • Ryo Saeba

      Perhaps he wanted to know what it’s like in a police chase…

      Or he knows daddy will get him out of jail…

  • Joe

    Well he is from Hefei, when did anything good ever come out of Hefei?

    • mr.wiener

      What is with all the bad press about Hefei and Hefeiren?

      • Joe

        on the reputation scale, anhui is second only to henan, stay classy anhui

        • Balkan

          Come on, people, don’t generalize. I have met really nice and smart from Hefei and other Anhui areas.

          • Alexander


          • Irvin

            You’ve met tourist.

          • Poodle Tooth

            I had a good time in Anhui, apart from the mass-suicide-pact that is rural traffic there. Wuhu is a really nice city.

            Hefei, on the other hand, is populated almost entirely by people who obviously don’t want to be there. It’s as dingy and ugly as a city can be without being drowned in soot. It’s also the only place I for sure saw unambiguous gutter oil in use.

            You could be smart and nice and from Hefei. But Hefei as a whole is neither.

    • Poodle Tooth

      I got married in Hefei. :(

      (only because that’s where we HAD TO do the paperwork…seriously, Hefei is awful.)

  • Jahar

    I’m surprised he didn’t try to bribe his way out of it.

  • Surfeit

    Poor idiot. Learning lessons the hard way.

    • Guang Xiang

      “…the hard way.” ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      • Irvin

        “…through the backdoor”

  • mr.wiener

    The amount of sympathy he is getting in the comments is breathtaking….

    • Irvin

      well……….he IS a criminal trying to flee from the consequence of his action.

      • mr.wiener

        No denying it… and now this stupid irresponsible man~child will have to pay the price for his foolishness.
        I don’t feel particularly sorry for him either.

    • Dude lost face for his country, and is an exemplary example of corruption, fuerdai, and the broken system that favors douchebags.

      As no one made a generalizing comment about the society and culture of China, millions of feelings are spared.

      In fact, this is good news in that Chinese are admiring the US justice system for enforcing laws rather than the usual bribe/who’s his dad business they’re used to.

    • Guest

      He lost face for his country abroad.

  • Amused

    Looks like a new girl just hit the cell block…

    • Rosemon Calvin Pilot


  • Irvin

    He’s young, his ass can take it.

  • Teacher in China

    Reading about these rich kids studying abroad and doing stupid shit makes me crazy – I sent a whole whack of them over to Canada in the course of my former job, and I sure hope that none of them behave like this.

    • Jahar

      Yeah thanks for that. When i first started teaching I would ask them where they wanted to study, and if they said the US, I’d ask why not Canada. Now, after 5 years here, if they say they want to go to Canada, I ask them why not the US.

      • Alex Dương

        Come on, the Aussies and Kiwis shouldn’t be excluded from this :P

        • AbC

          There are more than enough international students in Australia with their ‘S500s, R8’s, Ferraris and Lamborghinis’ in the paid parking area of campus even though they have student parking permits… Most of whom can’t park to save their lives.
          (I think most of them were indo-Chinese rather than ML Chinese).

        • Bluex

          They are everywhere, probably except UK since they don’t issue out PR easily to internationals.

      • There is a school in the city I live (Manchester, NH) and they started to target Chinese students about 8 years ago. They drive very nice cars. I was told the Chinese government allows them to bring back an auto tax free after they graduate. I suspect these cars are much less expensive in the USA.
        With all of the empty cargo ships going back to China, it probably would be a good business to get into if you could grease the political wheels in China.

  • The picture reminds me of that scumbag meme lol.

  • FYIADragoon

    Was going to agree about the execution comment, but then I realized that his ass could literally be doing double duty in our prisons making license plates and dropping bars of soap. I’m sure they don’t get to taste such “young and exotic” dishes very often.

    • Guest

      Exotic? :P

      • mr.wiener

        I’m guessing there would be more people of Black/White/Hispanic ancestry in American prisons than Asian, so in this context he would be exotic.

        • FYIADragoon

          My point exactly.

      • Zappa Frank

        she’s not beautiful anyway

        • filthyswit .

          But you still would and so would I.

  • Dolph Grunt

    100,000 yuan [USD]?

    I got a little lost on that.. was it yuan or USD?

    • you call yuan chinese dollars
      in china they call dollars american yuan

      • BrandeX

        Who the hell calls RMB “Chinese dollars”?

      • Dr Sun

        To make it very…very simple for you Rex,that’s because its means currency, sweetheart .

        元 unit of, or currency (yuan)

        美元 american currency (yuan)

    • The way its written, it looks like Fauna didn’t put in the USD amount; the original text says “RMB 100,000”.

      That said, the bail and bench warrant are next to nothing. That guy’s hat and necklace as seen in his photo is worth more than that.

  • Marcus Black

    Just don’t drop that soap boi…

    • Poodle Tooth

      Hahaha rape is funny.

  • China needs a no-child policy for the next 200 years

  • must touch brain

    America already has enough trash without this one. He should be deported but it seems China doesn’t want him either. Isn’t there an island somewhere that trash can be sent?

    • Summo

      You try that, and then suddenly boom, Australia happens :(.

      • mr.wiener

        I like to think of Australia as a fortunate accident.

  • Guang Xiang

    Dat face. reminds me of the dramatic chipmunk meme

  • Zappa Frank

    am I the only one who think that actually the punishment may be too much? Ok he did what he did, but as a young guy this is really something that happen sometimes and may happen to anyone of us, that’s doesn’t make of us criminals… he is indeed an idiot, but really prison for that? is really that easy to be jailed in US? Wouldn’t be better a huge amend to pay and than banned from USA? in the end he is just a not dangerous person, stupid, unaware of rules and laws and probably also a bit spoiled because likely he’s quite rich in china.. but to be rich is not a fault.
    what will happen is simply to put a not really dangerous person in a prison that is already crowded. I remind that prison is not intended as punishment.
    Not sure what happen in US’s prisons, but is it so likely to be raped?

    • Alex Dương
      • Zappa Frank

        so if you got jailed we have to assume that you will be raped?
        since you are supposedly in state’s custody will someone take responsibility for that (not talking also about diseases) ?
        would be incredible if in American where you can sue anyone for anything you cannot sue the state for that…

        • MeCampbell30

          All prisons in the united states are not equal. Prison populations are segregated by the level of perceived danger. In some of America’s most dangerous prisons, assaults are not uncommon. Other prisons (for example where Martha Stewart went, FPC Alderson, or the girl from Orange is the new black, FCI Danbury) look something like large campgrounds and inmates have a surprising degree of freedom–they work, take classes, hold support meetings, ect.

          The vast majority of people are not assaulted in jail or prison–especially those server sentences of 5 years or less.

          • Zappa Frank

            than we can say that despite all jokes here, the guy’s ass is likely safe.

    • Guang Xiang

      Glad you presented an alternate perspective. I subscribe too easily to the whole “welcome to the US. Now get lawfully served, son.” After all, he is an idiot, not a ruthless criminal.

    • Rick in China

      Yeah dude, you know, statistically there are more MALE rapes than FEMALE rapes in the US. Prison and military are a large reason for that, but yeah – males get raped more frequently, not something many people think of as being even in the realm of possibility.

      • Zappa Frank

        that is terrible. I wonder if since you are under state or government’s custody if someone will be responsible.

        • KamikaziPilot

          From what I hear, the answer would be no. It’s hardly even reported due to shame and the feeling that nothing will be done.

      • KamikaziPilot

        I’ve heard that too but the only caveat about that statement is that those figures are based on projections of male rape in prison, since actual numbers are really hard to come by. I think they do those projections based on things like anonymous surveys and interviews. If you go purely by official statistics, I’m pretty sure female rapes are higher but that’s just because far fewer male prison rapes are even reported compared to female civilians. So if you believe those projections are at least semi-accurate, which I do, then yes males are raped more frequently, at least in the US.

    • Irvin

      Dude! haven’t you watched prison break? you don’t wanna go to prison in america.

      • Zappa Frank

        I’ve seen it, but I remember just fights… maybe in Italy we got a censored version..

        • KamikaziPilot

          Don’t you remember Bagwell (aka T-Bag)? Also that Avocado guy who was Tweener’s cellmate. This is my favorite TV series of all time, that’s why I remember a lot of it even though it ended several years ago. I don’t believe there were actual rape scenes, just a lot of implied sexual violence/pressure in prison.

    • MeCampbell30

      “as a young guy this is really something that happen sometimes and may happen to anyone of us”

      Uhhh, what? I’m pretty sure I’ve never ran from the police.

      • Zappa Frank

        yes ok, I wrote ‘may’ happen, under certain circumstances… for sure this doesn’t qualify him as a criminal

    • KamikaziPilot

      What punishment are you talking about? I didn’t see any mention of punishment in the article. I just saw his bail amount. Actually by breaking the law, he is a criminal. Maybe not a violent, ruthless criminal, but a still a criminal, whose actions put others lives in danger. People can go to jail for driving drunk and then killing someone. Same logic applies here. He may not have intentionally put others lives in danger but his conduct was enough that it constituted a crime. Just think what if your loved on was killed by this guy trying to evade police? Wouldn’t you want him to serve time in prison? In the US prison is mostly intended as punishment, there is less focus on rehabilitation than some other countries, maybe why the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

  • No “My dad is Li Gang”? I think all of China is itching to know the identity of his sire and how the money was earned in order to send him to the US in order to go Speed Racer.

  • Irvin

    American prison can be a nasty place.

    • Probotector

      You would know?

  • Average Zhou

    Brother (referring to self) was a comment god in his day. Noone on the forums could beat me at a snide remark. Now im tired and jaded and can do it no longer.

    • Looks like you’re Zhou-nsing for an inspiration.

  • “He looks like a total tool in that picture where hes shirtless and wearing a cap.”

    Are you insinuating there’s something wrong with the phrase “GANGSTA 4 LIFE”?

    All this time you be hatin, dis playa be slammin down some fresh rhymes on his new homies in da cellblock. Playa don’t have time to be worrying how he’s not accepted for going shirtless and wearing a cap.

    Hefei dirty ol’ G’s: that’s how they roll.

  • DC

    as much as the little dipshit deserves every ounce of’s scary how malicious the general populace is towards the rich

  • Karze

    He thought US and China have similar police and judiciary where his dad could throw his weight around while he could break the law.

  • Probotector

    What kind of weird-ass comments are these?

    “Those who go abroad indeed are all rich!”

    “That is America over there [not China].”

    You think?

  • Probotector

    That guy’s already doing time.

  • Luis

    Poor guy, he didn’t realize police car chases are a blood sport in Los Angeles, a televised fox hunt, if you will.

  • ZeonBoi

    Fast and the Furious, what tremendous good influence studying in America is…NOT!

  • mzungu

    Does he know he can just walk across to Mexico, visa free and no one even bother looking…and catch a flight there. I guess assuming he got into UC Irvine, is assuming too much on his intelligence.

    • Dr Sun


    • Dr Sun

      Looking at him and his behaviour do you really think he sat the academic IELTS himself and got a score of 7, which is necessary for admission ?

  • Wuppy

    He’d technically need a visa to enter Mexico, but if you just walk across the border, nobody checks on the Mexico side. It turns out there aren’t too many people who illegally cross into Mexico when they’re already in the US.

  • Jackie Chan

    The story keeps getting better. When stopped at LAX airport, the felon tried to make a run for it. When stopped by the police, he decided it was time to fight and was beaten to the point where his next stop was the hospital. He was yelling something in Chinese that has been translated to my father is powerful and has money, you can’t arrest me. Once incarcerated, his father did send a representative and had the Chinese consulate demand his immediate release. Safe to say that he is going to be in Jail for a while, he added federal time to his sentence by fighting with the police at the airport. Time for a little American justice, you won’t be buying your way out of this one unless your father has pull with the mayor or president. How is it that they needed a translator when this guy is going to an American University, last time I checked you needed to speak English at a top tier school. Someone at UCI needs to lose their job over this one.

  • guest

    I guess he’s gonna be SQUEAL LIKE A PIG.

  • Kligger

    everybody get arrested in USA to fill da largess prison system da world have ever known