Two men were fined nearly VND7 million (US$300) for multiple violations after leading police on a high-speed chase in the Central Highlands that was caught on camera last week.
The footage has also caused controversy as it shows the pursuing officers using force against the two after they were finally stopped.
Col. Phung Tat Thanh, the Lam Dong Province police spokesman, said Wednesday the two men are Trieu Van Giang, 23, the rider, and Trinh Dinh Dung, 23, the pillion passenger.
They were fined VND7 million for six violations including dangerous driving, failure to obey police officers, and riding a motorbike without a license or helmet.
Thanh said a traffic police patrol team saw the men on the motorbike without helmets on a Lam Dong street on June 1 and tried to wave them down but in vain.
Giang tried to speed away, weaving in and out of lanes in an attempt to outrun the police officers. At one point Dung looked as if he was preparing to kick one of the pursuers.
They were finally stopped on Lien Khuong-Da Lat Highway after a nearly 30km chase. The footage at that point shows the three officers punching and kicking the two men. One can be seen hitting them repeatedly with his baton.
Col. Thanh said the men attempted to fight back when they were stopped, which led to the officers’ use of force to subdue them. “The traffic violators were not harmed.”
According to a reader survey by news website Zing.vn, nearly 52 percent of readers polled agreed with the use of force in this case, while 44 percent opposed.