Police in the central province of Nghe An are searching for a group of drunken, helmet-less drivers for beating up a pair of plainclothes traffic cops.
The traffic police of Thanh Chuong District released a statement Monday saying they have asked to charge five, 20-plus year old men for “assaulting an officer on duty,” Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Local prosecutors will decide whether to press charges and bring the case to court.
Lieutenant Dau Hoang Song and sergeant Tran Huu Cong were patrolling the streets in plain clothes.
The pair pulled over Le Van Tao, 27, Tran Tu Ha, 22, Nguyen Ba Trung, 23, Nguyen Cao Bao, 21, and Nguyen Cao Duong, 22, on the night of August 24 for driving without crash helmets and asked for their driver's licenses and motorbike registrations.
The five men, who were all allegedly under the influence of alcohol, handed the cops punches and kicks instead, Tuoi Tre reported.
One of them snatched Cuong's baton and beat him with it, the paper said.
The group ran off, leaving the officers beaten on the ground.
Tao’s family handed him in to the police; the rest remain at large.
Tao claimed he and his accomplices drank a large amount of beer and wine and couldn't control their behavior.
They felt irritated when the police ordered them to step off their bikes, Tao said.
Crash helmets are obligatory for motorbike users in Vietnam and violations of the rule carry cash fines. Violators who fail to produce their license and registration can have their motorbikes seized, temporarily.