A deputy military commander in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has been removed from his position after he assaulted traffic police officers while drunk, local authorities said on Thursday.
Before the incident, Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Dinh Duc, 46, had been the deputy commander of the Military Command of Krong Pak District in Dak Lak.
On April 3, a team of traffic police officers stationed in Phuoc An Town in the same district pulled over a motorbike driver who had shown signs of drunk driving.
Duc was riding pillion on the motorbike without wearing a helmet.
When traffic police officers asked to measure their blood alcohol concentration, the driver disobeyed and tried to flee the scene.
Duc then got into an argument with the officers.
During his tantrum, he broke Lieutenant Nguyen Manh H.’s fingers and punched him in the face.
H. and his partner were eventually able to subdue Duc and transport him to the local police station.
At the station, they found out that he was the deputy commander of the local military command.
During a later working session at his military command post, Duc admitted drinking and assaulting the traffic police officers.
After seeking approval from the Fifth Military Region High Command under the Ministry of National Defense, the Military Command of Dak Lak Province dismissed Duc from his position of Krong Pak District’s deputy commander and transferred him to another post.
He was also stripped of his Party title.