Police chase, nab two transporting rare wood in central Vietnam

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Police in Vietnam's central province of Quang Ngai Sunday caught two men transporting some rare wood following an hour-long chase.

At a check point in Duc Pho District, they ordered Le Phuoc Sang, 36, and Le Minh Trang, 26, to stop their 12-seat van, but the duo did not and instead sped away after opening a door and dumping the wood on the road, injuring several people in the process.

They ignored even warning shots by officers who then gave chase on a motorbike.

It lasted for more than an hour until the van driver lost control and ran off the road. The police then took in Sang and Trang.

The two told the officers that they had brought the wood, including cam lai (Dalbergia oliveri), listed as an "endangered" tree by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, from the adjacent province of Binh Dinh for selling.

The case is being investigated.

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