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Taxi driver detained for taking traffic cop for ride on hood of car in Hanoi

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 09:51 GMT+7
Taxi driver detained for taking traffic cop for ride on hood of car in Hanoi
A screenshot taken from a video capturing a traffic police officer clinging onto the hood of a running taxi in Hanoi, March 19, 2020.

Police in Cau Giay District, Hanoi said on Friday they had detained a local taxi driver for taking a traffic police officer for a several-kilometer ride on the hood of his cab the day before, trying to avoid a penalty for violating traffic laws.

The driver is identified as 22-year-old Ha Quoc Huy, who lives in Son Tay Town in the Vietnamese capital.

A traffic police patrol team found Huy breaking traffic laws while driving on Pham Hung Street in Cau Giay District at around 3:00 pm on Thursday.

At that time, Lieutenant Nguyen Hoang Quan signaled Huy to pull his cab over but the driver revved his engine and drove off, forcing the officer who was standing right in front of the car to jump onto its hood.

The driver took Quan for a ride on the hood of his car for several kilometers along Pham Hung and Khuat Duy Tien Streets in Thanh Xuan District and To Huu Street in Ha Dong District.

A video captures a traffic police officer clinging onto the hood of a running taxi in Hanoi, March 19, 2020.

Quan was only able to jump off the cab on To Huu Street while the driver kept on driving, heading in the direction of National Highway 32 that passes Phuc Tho District.

The traffic police force in Cau Giay District collaborated with police in Phuc Tho District to look for the driver.

It was not until Thursday evening that the driver showed up at the headquarters of Phuc Tho District Police to confess and was taken to the headquarters of Cau Giay District Police to surrender himself.

Cau Giay Police have detained him for “acting against an official on duty.”

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