Police in Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands have announced they will open a criminal investigation into a chief prosecutor of a local district who is accused of causing multiple accidents earlier this month while driving drunk.
Tran Quang Hung, chief prosecutor of Kon Tum's Tu Mo Rong District, faces charges of causing a series of serious traffic accidents at 5:30 p.m. on December 4.
Police said Hung was driving a state-owned car and caused at least four collisions over nearly 30 kilometers along National Highway 14, leaving eight people injured.
A breathalyzer administered after the accidents found that Hung’s breath alcohol concentration to be 0.982 mg per liter.
Under Vietnamese law, car drivers cannot have any alcohol in their systems. In Vietnam, doctors use a percentage to determine how injured a victim is and drivers can face criminal charges if they caused injuries of at least 11 percent.
Doctors found that two of Hung’s victims were suffering injures of 37 and 43 percent respectively.
The Penal Code also stipulates a punishment of up to 10 years for drivers who caused serious traffic accidents while under the influence of alcohol.
At a recent press briefing, Kon Tum Party Unit spokesman Nguyen The Hai said his agency has instructed Tu Mo Rong District to take relevant measures against Hung, who is a member of the district party unit.
Earlier on December 5, Kon Tum Prosecutors' Office has suspended Hung for investigation.
In April, Kon Tum authorities banned all civil servants from drinking during working hours and their noon breaks.