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Traffic cop injured after being hit by drunk driver

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Puth Monorom, right, is escorted to Phnom Penh Municipal Court following a drink-driving incident. KT/Siv Channa

A motorist was charged and detained yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly hitting a traffic police officer at a road checkpoint while under the influence of alcohol.

Captain Sok Rith, a penal police officer working with the municipal crime investigation department, identified the accused as Puth Monorom, 31, a land broker from the capital’s Meanchey district.

The victim was identified as Second Lieutenant Sok Bunheng, a traffic police officer working in the Por Senchey district.

Monorom is indicted on charges of “unlawful interference in the discharge of public functions”, “use of fake vehicle plate” and “escaping the scene with the purpose of evading responsibility”. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

According to police investigation, in the evening of June 19, Monorom who was driving while under the influence was stopped at a roundabout checkpoint in Chaom Chao commune.

He was then asked by 2nd Lt Bunheng to step out so they could inspect his vehicle. The accused was said to have refused and instead drove his car away from the scene, hitting the victim during his escape.

“He was drunk and angry with the victim for asking him to stop his car. He then hit the victim with his car, causing serious injuries on the victim’s right leg and hip,” said Cap Rith. “Our traffic police officers chased after him.”

Monorom was arrested half an hour later along a road in Chaom Chao II commune. Upon inspection, police found his car to be using a fake number plate.

The accused has been sent to prison pending his trial while the victim recovers at Preah Kossamak Hospital.

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