A taxi driver has been taken into police custody for hitting a security guard, carrying him on the car bonnet after being found cruising into an area where cabbies are forbidden from plying for hire at an airport in Hanoi on Saturday.
Dinh Van Chung, a driver of the 123 Taxi Co., was discovered driving in the zone with ‘no pick-up’ signs at Noi Bai International Airport at around 6:00 pm on May 5, police confirmed on Tuesday.
One security guard, Doan Minh Nam, asked Chung, 26, to move away, but the latter ignored the order.
As Nam became increasingly adamant, Chung used his taxi to hit the man, sending him to the ground.
While Nam was calling coworkers for help, Chung backed the vehicle and hit the security guard again, carrying him on the bonnet for a while when he tried to leave the area.
Nam was seen lying against the windshield with hands clutching the wipers and only managed to jump off the hood when the car arrived at a tollgate on the airport’s premises, according to CCTV footage.
Chung’s vehicle crashed through the barrier gate and ran away.
Hanoi police immediately searched for the cabman and arrested him on charges of resistance against on-duty officials, Nguyen Viet Hieu, a local police officer, said on Tuesday.
Chung said that his actions were caused by the fear that he was likely to receive a penalty from the security guard for the illegal driving, according to Hieu.
The municipal Department of Transport required Chung to be strictly punished and the operation of the company which employs him to be examined.