Man rams into traffic police officer to escape alcohol test

By Gia Chinh   January 26, 2024 | 03:30 am PT
A driver in northern Bac Giang Province rammed into a traffic police officer on a motorbike before trying to escape as he was requested to stop for alcohol level check.

A patrol team of 20 police officers were checking alcohol level violations on a section of provincial road 294 in Tan Yen District at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday when they saw a pickup truck trying to escape when the driver was requested to stop for an alcohol level check.

Lieutenant Nguyen Van Tan then used his motorbike to block the way, but the pickup truck sped up and rammed into the motorbike, causing Tan to fall down onto the road. The motorbike was swept underneath the pickup truck.

The police team then chased after the pickup truck for 5 km. When they reached Tan Trung Commune, they saw that the truck had been parked by the side of the road, while the driver had left the scene.

Camera footage reveals a pickup truck running away from traffic police officers in Bac Giang Province, Jan. 24, 2024. Video courtesy of the police

By 2:30 a.m., Ha Quang Tung, 43, turned himself in to the police. Tung said he drank around five glasses of alcohol before driving.

Tung however tested negative for both alcohol and drugs at the point of turning himself in. He was detained anyway for further legal proceedings.

Traffic police forces nationwide are running campaigns from Jan. 10 to March 9 to ramp up patrols to deal with traffic violations on the roads, railways and waterways.

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