A recent clip shared on Vietnamese social media has shown a traffic police officer in Hanoi being forced to back down after the car he was trying to pull over continued to inch forward.
The unlikely stand-off reportedly happened on Giang Vo Street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District, and was caught on camera by curious passers-by.
In the clip, which went viral across multiple social media platforms on Sunday afternoon, a traffic police officer can be seen signaling the driver of a grey hatchback to pull over.
The female driver refused to comply, and continued to slowly drive her car forward toward the officer, forcing him to take multiple steps backward to avoid being run over.
“I told you I was very busy,” the driver can be heard repeatedly telling the officer. “I will come back tomorrow!”
She only stopped after passers-by stepped in to help the officer by parking their motorbikes in front of the car and convincing her to get out of the vehicle.
“Nobody’s going to hurt you if you would just step out to talk with the officer,” locals could be heard telling the visibly annoyed driver in the clip.
The officer could also be seen filming the entire stand-off on his own smartphone.
Lieutenant Colonel Le Tu, a senior traffic police officer in Hanoi, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that police had been able to identify the woman as Nguyen Thu Th., 46, a resident of Hanoi’s Ha Dong District.
According to Tu, the incident happened at around 4:00 pm on Sunday, and the car in question’s inspection sticker had expired in July 2017.
“We have booked the violation and will apply an administrative fine, but the driver’s actions were not enough to constitute a criminal offense,” Tu said.