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Rolls-Royce driver apologises for blocking Beijing hospital's emergency entrance in parking row

South China Morning Post logo South China Morning Post 15/8/2019 Zhuang Pinghui
a group of people standing next to a car: The woman was involved in a hour-long standoff with hospital security and police. Photo: Weibo © Weibo The woman was involved in a hour-long standoff with hospital security and police. Photo: Weibo

A Rolls-Royce driver who blocked emergency vehicles’ access to a Beijing hospital after a row with security has apologised for her actions.

The woman, surnamed Shan, faced extensive criticism after footage of the incident went viral on social media.

She had tried to enter the Beijing Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital on Wednesday though an entrance reserved for ambulances and other emergency services when she was stopped by security.

She refused their request to use another entrance where vehicles were queuing to enter the car park and instead stayed put for over an hour.

She was later filmed arguing with police when they were called to the scene.

"You must be supportive of police work unconditionally!” the police officer was seen shouting at the woman.

"I don’t have the obligation to support police work unconditionally,” Shan replied. "I tell you I simply won’t move my car now.”

She eventually agreed to move the vehicle and was fined for illegal parking – then later issued a tearful public apology in a video interview with The Beijing News after footage of the incident started circulating on social media.

She said she was running late for an appointment and feared she was going to miss the chance to see a doctor.

She added that she had been feeling unwell and suspected she was pregnant.

"I made a mistake. I made a mistake indeed,” said the woman. "I shouldn’t have caused so much trouble to the security guard and police … I threw a tantrum and I apologise to everybody for my bad temper.”

She denied that she came from an influential and family background and that insisted her family ran a private business and the car was owned by a friend, but declined to give further information.

The incident follows the sacking of a police chief in Chongqing in southwest China after footage of a road rage incident involving his Porsche-driving wife prompted a public outcry.

Tong Xiaohua was also placed under investigation for possible violations of discipline after his wife Li Yue became involved in a physical confrontation with another motorist.

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