A Vietnamese traffic cop went on a wild ride in Hanoi, clinging to
the windshield wipers of a moving bus for nearly a kilometer (0.6 mile)
after the rogue driver tried to avoid a ticket, police said Friday.
Traffic police 2nd Lt. Nguyen Manh Phan ordered the bus driver to
pull over the 39-seat passenger coach Monday, said a police officer in
Ba Vi District outside Hanoi. The officer spoke on condition of
anonymity, citing policy.The driver allegedly refused to show his
paperwork and drove off — but not before Phan leaped onto the front, he
added. The officer said the bus reached a top speed of about 50
kilometers per hour (31 mph).A YouTube video shows the officer
trying to get his footing and dangling precariously from the moving bus
as oncoming traffic whizzes past. Phan can be heard yelling, “Call the
police!”The driver, Phung Hong Phuong, eventually pulled over after being chased by police and residents.
Even with the bus stopped, Phan stood calmly in front of it, still hanging on to the wipers.
Phuong was arrested for allegedly acting against public officials, an offense
that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence, the officer said. He
previously served nearly four years in prison for a fatal traffic
accident, and was released in 2010.
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