Kampong Cham provincial police on Saturday arrested a businessman who crashed his pickup truck into his house gate and also hit two other cars while drunk in Kampong Cham city.
Major San Pheng, deputy chief of the provincial traffic police department, yesterday identified the driver as Sok Ty, 35, a property broker living in the city.
He said that at about 7.30pm on Saturday, Mr Ty returned home after drinking with some friends in the city.
Maj Pheng noted that when he got into the house he got into an argument with his wife who scolded him for drinking heavily.
“He was drunk and became angry with his wife for criticising his drinking habit,” he said. “He then got back into his vehicle and drove off, hitting the house gate and two cars parked outside neighbouring houses, badly damaging them.”
“He then swerved into a nearby park and crashed into a tree, causing the pickup truck to come to a stop,” he added.
Maj Pheng said that after the damaged car came to a stop, Mr Ty stayed inside because he was drunk and police on patrol arrested him about five minutes later.
Mr Pheng noted that a breathalyser test showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.89 percent, which is above the legal limit.
Brigadier General Heng Vuthy, provincial deputy police chief, said yesterday that Mr Ty is accused of driving while drunk, driving without a licence and also intentionally causing damage, noting he faces up to 12 years in jail if convicted.
“He is still being detained for further questioning at the provincial police headquarters,” he said. “We will send him to the provincial court tomorrow.”