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Driver ‘mowed down’ traffic police officer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
The accused faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted of attempted murder. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a man with attempted murder and obstruction of a public official after he hit a traffic police officer with his vehicle on Friday.

Chan Sareth, a police officer with the municipal criminal investigation department, identified the suspect as Sa Sary, 42, a real estate businessman who hit a traffic police officer with his car while the officer was attempting to pull him over on Friday in Russey Keo district.

Mr Sareth said the accused faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted and noted that he was arrested on Friday following the incident.

Mr Sareth said the accused drunkenly drove his car through a police checkpoint on National Road 5 at about 11pm on Friday.

“When the police officer ordered him to stop driving, the suspect did not stop,” he said. “He sped up and hit the policeman, causing serious injuries.”

“After hitting the police officer, he attempted to flee but was later arrested by our forces the same night in Russey Keo district,” he added.

Mr Sareth said identified the injured police officer as Hul Chanreasy, 29, who attempted to stop the suspect by standing in front of his vehicle.

He added that after Mr Sary’s arrest, police confirmed the suspect was drunk by carrying out a breathalyser test.

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