Vietnam official suspended after fatally running over 2

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An official in the southern province of Binh Duong has been suspended from his position as chief of a local tax office after allegedly killing two people in a drunken car accident earlier this month.

In a decision issued on Wednesday, the Binh Duong Tax Agency said the suspension of Tran Van Phuoc, 49, chief of Dau Tieng District's tax office, was for an investigation into accusations he had run over and killed too people on October 3.

He would probably be investigated on charges of violating traffic regulations, VnExpress reported.

That day Phuoc allegedly crashed into Tran Bich Phuc, a 33-year-old street cleaner, and Luu Tan Nhon, a 60-year-old lottery-ticket seller, when driving a state-owned car.

Both the victims died on the spot.

After the accident, Phuoc turned himself in to police.

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Witnesses said the official drove the car from a beer restaurant at high speeds before running over the two victims.

Later it was reported that police found he had excessive blood alcohol levels, and that he attended two alcohol-soaked parties that day.

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