Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Phuoc on Tuesday confirmed one of its high-ranking officers crashed his car into two motorbikes and injured two people, but they said investigation is still underway to clarify the cause of the accident.
Senior lieutenant Vu Van Hai, deputy chief of the police unit in the province’s Dong Xoai Town, asserted that a flat tire caused his car to ram the motorbikes, while eyewitnesses claimed to see him walk out of his vehicle in a seemingly intoxicated state.
According to initial police reports, Hai was driving a five-seater car along National Highway 14 at around 9:00 pm on Monday when he hit two motorbikes running in the same direction.
Eyewitnesses recalled seeing the automobile mounting up and down the sidewalk before slamming into the motorcycles.
The vehicle only stopped after hitting an object on a nearby promenade.
The two people on the motorbikes were then hospitalized for serious injuries. They were later transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for further treatment.
Competent authorities later carried out an investigation at the crash site.
Some by-standers said they saw Hai stagger out of the car, as if he had drunk somewhere.
However, the police officer asserted he was only disoriented after the airbag went off during the crash.
He also attributed the accident to his flat tire.
Meanwhile, both the provincial Department of Police and People’s Procuracy have yet to announce any information regarding Hai’s breath alcohol test.
According to Thai Van Chung, a lawyer from the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association, the breath alcohol content has to be measured at the scene, whose results must not be kept secret.
Competent authorities should also evaluate the injuries of the victims to assist the probing, Chung added.
An official from the provincial People’s Procuracy told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the agency will closely supervise the case and ensure suitable solutions.