Chinese railway police have detained a passenger after he tried to smash the door window of a high-speed train to “get some fresh air” according to mainland media reports.

The 30-year-old man, identified only by his surname Xu, said he tried and failed to unlock the door and then decided to break the glass with an emergency hammer because he had been drinking and felt sick, China National Radio reported on Saturday.

Xu tried to smash the door after mechanical failure had forced the Beijing-bound train from Shanghai to stop at the main railway station in Jinan in Shandong province on Tuesday.

He said the train had been stranded for half an hour when he became impatient and wanted to have some fresh air, according to the report.

Surveillance footage showed the man pulling on the door handle before hitting the glass with an emergency hammer mounted on the wall.

Staff quickly intervened and stopped Xu, who was taken into police custody after the train arrived in Beijing.

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