Taxi driver seized for hitting officer in northern Vietnam

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Police in Hanoi on Tuesday arrested a taxi driver for allegedly hitting an officer as he tried to escape when they found him illegally parked.

According to Tu Liem District's police division, Phung Duc Quan, 28, a driver of Son Tay Taxi Co., will be investigated on charges of "acting against people on public mission."

Police said that day Captain Nguyen Van Tri and Lieutenant Pham Thanh Tam found Quan's taxi illegally parked on the street at the My Dinh Bus Station, while he was sleeping inside.

The officers then asked him to get out of the car and present his documents. Quan refused and started his car, running into Tam, who was standing in front of the vehicle. The officer was forced to jump on the hood of the car.

Quan then sped up, although Tam was trying to hold onto the car's windshield wipers to not fall off. The driver operated the wipers and crashed into a concrete pillar to push Tam off the car, police said.

The taxi wasn't stopped by officers and locals until it ran for nearly one kilometer, according to police. They said Tam suffered minor injuries.

Investigations into the case are underway.

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