Kim Hyun-chul, 34, the Busan police officer who gained the nickname "Die Hard cop" for hanging on to the roof of a drug dealer's car as it escaped, has been featured on CNN. The U.S. cable news broadcaster featured Kim in a segment on CNN News Stream on Tuesday, including footage of his daring arrest and interview.
At around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, Kim stopped a car in the southern port city after it made an illegal U-turn. As the car started to speed away, Kim jumped on the car's hood and clung on for 25 minutes as the vehicle careened through the streets of the city for 15 km.
He jumped off the car when the driver abandoned it and ran away at an intersection. Kim chased him for about 200 m before finally arresting the perpetrator, who turned out to be on a wanted list for drug-related crimes.
Kim's daring arrest was captured on a camera mounted on a taxi cab and ended up on YouTube on Aug. 27 under the English title "Korean police Spiderman arrested drug offender."
The video received 700,000 views as of Tuesday. Kim used to be a member of the police SWAT team and holds a black belt in taekwondo and other martial arts. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Aug. 31.