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Hit-and-run driver kills traffic police officer in southern Vietnam

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 12:49 GMT+7
Hit-and-run driver kills traffic police officer in southern Vietnam
The Ford Ranger is damaged following the incident in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on April 17, 2019. Photo: T.K.L. / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer died after being knocked off his motorbike while pursuing a hit-and-run driver in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Police in Phu My Town, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province confirmed on Wednesday that they had arrested Huynh Van Chung, 43, a resident of District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, for a hit and run which caused the death of a traffic cop.

According to preliminary information, Chung was driving a Ford Ranger when he hit multiple cars and motorcycles in the southern province of Dong Nai. 

Rather than stop, Chung immediately fled the scene.

Some residents ran after him and managed to pull him over, but the driver injured one person and threatened the other with his axe.

Huynh Van Chung is apprehended. Photo: Ho Ka

Huynh Van Chung is apprehended. Photo: Ho Ka

The hit-and-run driver continued his journey and was pursued by Captain Chu Quang Sang after entering Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

Chung then knocked Captain Sang off his vehicle, leaving the officer with broken ribs and a broken leg and kneecap.

The officer was admitted to the hospital but later succumbed to his wounds.

Chung only stopped when he blew a tire on his truck. 

Following the arrest, Chung’s family members submitted his medical record to the Ho Chi Minh City Mental Health Hospital, a police official in Phu My Town said, adding that Chung has been brought to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau mental hospital for a psychological examination.

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