Vietnam’s former prosecutor jailed for series of hit-and-run crashes

By Pham Anh, Thanh Nien News

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Tran Quang Hung, former district chief prosecutor in Kon Tum Province, stands at a trial on May 5, 2016. Photo: Dac Vinh/Thanh Nien Tran Quang Hung, former district chief prosecutor in Kon Tum Province, stands at a trial on May 5, 2016. Photo: Dac Vinh/Thanh Nien

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A court in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on Thursday sentenced a dismissed prosecutor to 18 months in jail for drunk driving and causing multiple crashes.
Tran Quang Hung, 52, former chief prosecutor of Tu Mo Rong District, crashed into four motorbikes consecutively over nearly 30 kilometers from Dak Ha District to Kon Tum Town in the afternoon of December 4, 2015.
Hung reportedly never stopped after any crash and kept driving straight to his house on Phan Dinh Phung Street, Kon Tum Town. He hid in his house for hours before surrendering to police that night. He was driving a car of the prosecutor's office.
All eight people on the motorbikes, aged between 12 and 35, were hospitalized for multiple injuries. One woman had brain injury, according to the indictment. They have all recovered.
Hung admitted that he had some beer during lunch, breaking a rule that bans all civil servants from drinking during working hours and lunch breaks.
Police estimated damage to the bikes was worth VND77 million (US$3,400).
Hung has compensated the victims more than VND138 million.
The Penal Code stipulates drivers who caused serious traffic accidents under the influence of alcohol can be sentenced to up to 10 years.

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