A high-ranking government official was arrested on Monday after allegedly threatening to kill a traffic policeman following a car accident in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district.
Mao Chanreaksmey, 41, deputy director of the technical and housing department at the Ministry of Land Management, also allegedly led police on a half-hour car chase.
District police officer Keo Sophal said Mr Chanreaksmey, who was drunk, drove his Toyota Highlander along Street 488 in Phsar Doum 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 hailed local traffic police on duty nearby.
“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,” said Mr Sophal. “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 then arrested in Tuol Tumpoung I commune.
Mr Sophal said police confiscated a pistol and ammunition and seized the car after the arrest. Mr Chanreaksmey was sent to Chamkar Mon district police for questioning.
A senior police officer with Chamkar Mon district police confirmed yesterday that Mr Chanreaksmey was still being detained for questioning.
“He has been accused by police of illegal use of a weapon, attempted murder and obstruction of a public official,” he said.
Mr Chanreaksmey will make his first appearance today at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.