China Releases U.S. Student
The young man was released Monday following a week long detention over taxi dispute.
Guthrie McLean was detained for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother during a fare dispute. McLean, a student at the University of Montana, was released from a detention center in Zhengzhou early Monday, according to his mother, Jennifer McLean. Jennifer McLean works as a teacher there.
“We are very, very very, very happy,” Jennifer McLean wrote in an email to The Associated Press. She said the release came as a surprise after she’d twice been told to anticipate a release only to be disappointed.
“They have not finished the process completely, but we are hopeful it will go smoothly from here on,” she said.
The U.S. State Department confirmed McClean’s release, but provided no details citing privacy concerns.
The release followed an agreement with Chinese authorities to drop any charges against Guthrie Mclean, according to Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines.
Further details on the agreement were not disclosed.