A car is chased by a police motorcycle through a shopping arcade on Nov. 13 in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. (Provided by a reader)

MATSUYAMA, Ehime Prefecture--A 41-year-old "stressed-out" man with his mother in the back seat led police on a high-speed car chase through the city here on Nov. 13, causing six accidents in the hour-long pursuit.

Ehime prefectural police announced that it arrested Ryohei Zaima, a company employee in Imabari, on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law.

Police said Zaima admitted to the offenses and reportedly told them, “Various stresses led me to try to self-destruct and to drive recklessly.”

According to the Matsuyama-Higashi Police Station, it received a report of a hit-and-run accident in the Kamogawa district of Matsuyama around 1:55 p.m. on Nov. 13.

The driver of the vehicle led police on a high-speed chase for about an hour. Police pursued the vehicle along a national road past Matsuyama Castle and down an arcade shopping street, which prohibits cars from entering.

At around 2:40 p.m., when Zaima exited his car at the Otemachi district in Matsuyama, police immediately arrested him on site.

The vehicle, which suffered extensive damage, was involved in a total of six accidents, police said. One involved a minor collision with a woman in her 60s who was riding a bicycle at an intersection in the Hanazonomachi district in Matsuyama. The woman suffered minor injuries.

Police said that the suspect and his mother, who was a passenger in the car, were not injured. The suspect tested negative for alcohol or drugs.