Hundreds of people surrounded a traffic policeman and refused to release his motorbike for several hours in the southern province of Dong Nai on Sunday, believing he had caused critical injuries to a young man who he tried to stop for speeding.
Senior Lieutenant Colonel Ngo Van Chien, chief of Dong Nai's police traffic division, told Thanh Nien that they have asked Trang Bom District police to investigate the case.
They will take action in accordance with the law if the officer, Vu Van Mong, is found to have kicked at the motorbike of Dinh Van Du, 19, causing him to fall and injure himself seriously as accused, Chien said.
According to the police, initial information is that at around 3 p.m. a group of officers on the National Road 1A's section in Tay Hoa Commune caught Du speeding.
They ordered Du to pull over, but he fled, prompting Mong to chase him.
On his way, the police claimed, the young man hit another motorbike and fell down. His helmet broke and he suffered severe injuries to his head and body.
When Mong arrived at the scene soon after and parked his bike, residents surrounded him and held him together with his vehicle, accusing him of injuring Du and trying to flee.
Du's mother, 42-year-old Ha Thi Loan, who reached the site later, also joined the crowd and demanded that police be present to record the case.
However, when Trang Bom police came and finished recording the information, the people still refused to release the police motorbike as well as the one Du was driving.
About three hours later, they police had to retrieve the vehicles forcefully for investigations, police said.
The case is being investigated further.
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