A high-ranking-government official was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill a traffic policeman after a car accident in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district.
Mao Chanreaksmey, 41, deputy director of the technical and housing department in the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, also allegedly led police on a half-hour car chase.
District police officer Keo Sophal said Mr Chanreaksmey, who was drunk, drove the Toyota Highlander car along Street 488 in Phsar Deum Thkov commune.
Mr Chanreaksmey hit a car driven by Hun Samsen Oudom, 35, from behind, causing slight damage.
Mr Chanreaksmey stopped the car but did not get out. He slept in a drunken state in the car.
Because Mr Chanreaksmey did not get out to discuss the accident, Mr Samsen Oudom walked to local traffic police on duty nearby.
Mr Sophal said: “When the traffic officer knocked on his car door to wake him up, Mr Chanreaksmey pulled a pistol from the car and pointed it at the policeman.
“He threatened to shoot the policeman. After the threat, he fled in his car.”
Traffic police on motorbikes gave chase for half an hour. Mr Chanreaksmey was arrested in Tuol Tumpoung I commune.