An unidentified traffic violator who was filmed attacking a traffic police officer on a Ho Chi Minh City street, last week, has been identified as Lieutenant Tran Dai Phuc of the HCMC Emergency Police Regiment.
A video clip released by several Vietnamese websites showed Phuc repeatedly striking a police officer with an iron stick, driving him from the roadside into a spare parts store on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street.
According to HCMC Police Department's Traffic Police Division, the assault occurred on July 28.
Sergeant-Major Van Thanh Luan, of the Hang Xanh Traffic Police Team had reportedly spotted Lt. Phuc, 30, drive past his post without a helmet, on a number of occasions.
Luan signaled Phuc to stop, and later asked him to produce identification but Phuc ignored the request.
Phuc then slapped Luan in the face, and picked up a metal rod. The fight between the two lasted for around 10 minutes before Phuc left the scene.
Several hours later, Phuc arrived at the station of the Hang Xanh Traffic Police Team, and asked to meet with the team leaders to report the assault.
Lt. Phuc allegedly dropped a knife while pulling his mobile phone out of his pocket, prompting officers at the station to rush in and apprehend him.
The lieutenant has been suspended for duty pending an investigation into the matter.