Vietnamese tobacco smuggler crashes into temple in police car chase

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The car is badly damaged after crashing into a temple on Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy of the police. The car is badly damaged after crashing into a temple on Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy of the police.

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Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on Tuesday morning seized a car carrying 10,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes after a 10-kilometer chase ended with a serious crash.
Duong Minh Thi, 30, was slightly injured after running his car into the wall of a temple in the town of Thu Dau Mot. 
Police earlier stopped his car for a random check and discovered the contraband inside the car.
While the police officers were busy at the back of the car, Thi suddenly jumped in and drove his car away. 
Several police motorbikes chased after him, until Thi lost control of the car. 
The wall collapsed in the crash and the car was badly damaged. 
Thi told police that a friend of his had hired him to transport the smuggled tobacco from Long An to Dong Nai. 
He was stopped in Binh Duong, around midway in his journey. 
Police said they are investigating into the case and tracking down other suspects. 

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