Bus driver pushes cop vehicles off street after breaking red light

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking a warrant to extend the detention of a bus driver who ignored their order to stop after breaking a red light and pushed their vehicles off the street in an attempt to escape.

Pham Yen, 30, is being investigated on charges of "acting against people on public mission," the news website quoted Thu Duc District police as saying Friday.

Police said Yen was driving a bus that was traveling from the central province of Khanh Hoa to HCMC when he was caught ignoring a red light at an intersection in Thu Duc District at around 1.30 a.m. on October 2.

Some traffic police officers who were on duty at that time gave chase on a motorbike, signaling him to pull over. But Yen ignored the order and sped up.

Other officers on a car then joined their colleagues to chase the speeding bus, the news report said.

When the police motorbike caught up with the bus, Yen refused to follow the officers' order to stop and forced the bike on to a pavement.

He also forced the police car to make a turn and collide with a truck running in the same direction, police said, adding that the car's front was damaged. Repairs would cost VND60 million (US$2,850), it is estimated.

However, police continued the chase and managed to stop Yen soon after.

Ten passengers on the bus during the chase were in panic, Vietnamnet quoted police as saying.

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Initial findings are that Yen does not have a license to drive trucks, not passenger buses. He was serving as the driver's assistant on this trip.

The main driver, Nguyen Huu Phuoc, 47, had asked Yen to take over the wheel in order to take rest about an hour and a half before he was caught breaking the red light. 

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