Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang seized Thursday a car belonging to a local Party official after it was involved in a traffic accident.
The Party official had two illegally imported luxury cars confiscated from him two months ago, the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.
According to local police, on the evening of July 3, a Toyota Camry crashed into a motorbike traveling on the same direction on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in My Tho City.
The unidentified driver then reversed the car in order to flee the scene, but was stopped by outraged residents nearby.
The driver, however, sped up and made his escape. Luckily, no one was injured.
Investigations found that the car belonged to Cao Van The, Party secretary of Binh Ninh Commune, Cho Gao District, who'd had two illegally imported luxury cars confiscated last May.
After being summoned by police for questioning, The said he had given the Toyota Camry to a local man named Luong Xuan Hieu for repairs.
Hieu said he had lent the car to a man named Lam.
Lam, however, told police he had rented the car from Hieu at VND500,000 per day and then lent it to a friend, whose current whereabouts are not known.
Police are still investigating.
In May, The had a Toyota RAV4 and a Lexus taken from him after he failed to provide valid documentation for the cars, except for certificates showing they were registered in Cambodia.
Local residents said they noticed The had been using the illegally imported cars for the last two years.
The was reprimanded by his Party unit for "dishonesty in property declaration."
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