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Vietnamese taxi driver fined after threatening others with fake gun

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 16:45 GMT+7

Police in Vietnam have decided to fine a reckless taxi driver who threatened citizens with a fake gun after a collision.

The taxi driver To Quang Nghia, 51 years old and resident of Thuan Thien Commune, Can Loc District, Ha Tinh Province, has been fined after he threatened others with a fake gun after a crash.

He was found guilty of DUI, driving in the wrong lane, property damage, and was required to pay a VND38 million (US$1,683) fine, according to Colonel General Ngo Duc Ninh, chief officer of the Hong Linh Town police force.

His driver’s license will be suspended for five months while he is expected to compensate for the damaged motorbike his cab crashed into.

The crash took place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, when Nghia drove his cab to Thuan Loc Commune, Hong Linh Town and slammed into Nguyen Thanh Hiep’s motorbike parked on the sideway of Song Thuan Street.

Hiep, 64, a resident of Hong Nguyet Village, Thuan Loc Commune, was fetching his pesticide bottle in his house when he heard a loud crashing noise, prompting him to run out and find his vehicle dragged away for over 10 meters and heavily damaged.

“A few locals gathered and demanded compensation for the damaged motorbike, one of whom was my nephew, Le Thanh Trung. The taxi driver then pulled out a gun, waving and threatening to shoot the bystanders,” Hiep said.

The gun, however, was determined as being inauthentic by the authorities.

A pair of metal handcuffs and a handmade metal sword measuring 70cm long were also found in the trunk of the cab.

An eyewitness captured the incident with a smartphone camera and later uploaded it to Facebook, showing Nghia threatening Trung with a gun, saying: “I’ll shoot you dead.”

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Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre News Contributor

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