A young man who rode a motorbike while under alcohol influence and blocked a Deputy PM’s car early February has been fined more than VND3 million (US$142) and had his license suspended for two months, a Hanoi police officer said.
Captain Nguyen Ngoc Sinh of the traffic police department said recently Nguyen Tien Duc drove in the middle of the street for a while, ignoring the siren in Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s car, before moving to the left side of the road into one of the car lanes, causing a car coming from behind to almost hit him.
The driver of the second car said Duc had lost control of his driving. He also called the police.
Breathalyzer tests showed Duc’s alcohol level at twice the maximum allowed of 0.4 milligrams a liter.
Sinh said Duc was penalized for three offences – drunk driving, blocking a priority vehicle, and failure to wear a crash helmet, obligatory for motorbike drivers since 2007.
His motorbike was also seized for a week.
Duc is studying in university in China and has been back home since the Lunar New Year in late January.
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