China holds U.S. stu­dent over cab­bie fray

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING — Po­lice in cen­tral China ar­rested an Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent on charges of in­ten­tional in­jury af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with a taxi driver, ac­cord­ing to the stu­dent’s mother and a fam­ily friend.

Guthrie McLean was for­mally ar­rested in the city of Zhengzhou ear­lier this week, said Tom Mitchell, the Bei­jing bureau chief for the Fi­nan­cial Times who has known the Univer­sity of Mon­tana stu­dent since 2001.

McLean was try­ing to protect his mother from a taxi driver in a dis­pute that oc­curred June 10, Mitchell said.

McLean’s mother, Jennifer McLean, said in an email to The As­so­ci­ated Press that she has not seen or di­rectly com­mu­ni­cated with her son since his ar­rest but was able to pass mes­sages to him Thurs­day through the U.S. Con­sulate. “He is en­dur­ing,” Jennifer McLean said.

A U.S. of­fi­cial con­tacted McLean in de­ten­tion Thurs­day and re­ported no phys­i­cal or men­tal-health concerns re­lated to McLean’s de­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to Marnee Banks, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont..

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