Drunk HCMC official fined for causing accident

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Ho Chi Minh City traffic police have issued fines against a senior government official for drunkenly crashing his car into two taxis and two motorbikes in downtown March 30.

The District 1 Traffic Police Division on Friday issued fines of VND5 million against Le Ton Thanh, deputy director of the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism for illegal passing and drinking and driving, VnExpress reported.

Also, his driver's license will be suspended for two months and his SUV, a Toyota Fortuner, will be held temporarily for 10 days.
Thanh was ordered to pay compensation of nearly VND50 million to pay the injured's doctors' bills and repair the damaged vehicles and two traffic signs that he crashed into.

The accident happened in the afternoon on March 30 near the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Thu Khoa Huan.

The two motorists suffered minor injuries. They were hospitalized and discharged later the same day. 

Thanh left the scene of the accident and surrendered to police an hour later.

His family had pledged compensation before police announced the fine and compensation.

He admitted to drinking, but said he had just a little. He said a rear tire had burst and made him lose control of the car. However, police found that it burst when he caused the accident.

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