Vietnam driver detained for ‘throwing’ traffic cop from trailer truck
A driver who steered his trailer truck away and almost crashed into a traffic police officer who was trying to pull him over in central Vietnam last week was put in custody for two months on Tuesday.
Phan Thanh Hung is pictured at a police station in Ha Tinh Province, located in north-central Vietnam, on June 30, 2017.
The detention was indented to serve an investigation into charges of “deliberately acting against law enforcement officers,” police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh confirmed later the same day.
The driver was initially identified as 26-year-old Luu Van Chau, according to information on his driving license.
However, Ha Tinh police said on Tuesday the license is a fake one, with the driver confessing his real name is Phan Thanh Hung, 22.
Vietnam currently imposes strict rules on trailer truck driving licenses, following a number of road accidents caused by this kind of vehicle.
Under the current law, a driver must be at least 24 years old, and have obtained the license to drive cars with up to 30 seats or small trucks to be eligible to apply for the trailer truck license.
Hung was behind the wheel of a trailer truck speeding away with one traffic officer gripping over the vehicle’s rear-view mirror in a video that went viral on Facebook on Friday last week.
After traveling for 200m, the truck made a sudden swerve, throwing the officer down to the ground.
The policeman, Nguyen Anh Duc, was hospitalized with brain injuries and splinter bone fractures as he hit the median strip during the fall.
Duc is still receiving treatment at a hospital in Hanoi, with his health much improving.
Police investigate the trailer truck following the incident.
According to Ha Tinh traffic police, Duc was among four officers on duty at a checkpoint on National Highway 1A, passing through Can Loc District in Ha Tinh.
Seeing Hung’s trailer truck apparently breaking the speed limit, Duc stepped out and signal the vehicle to stop.
Hung stepped out from his cabin and argued with the policemen, claiming that he was not violating the speed limit, citing data from the speed monitor on his truck.
After quarreling for 15 minutes, the young driver returned to his truck and suddenly ran away. At that time, Duc and another officer named Le Ho Viet Anh were still standing in front of the truck.
Anh managed to jump to his left side to dodge the vehicle, while Duc could only grab its mirror.
Duc loses his consciousness after the fall.
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