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Drunken driver charged over capital crash

Drunken driver charged over capital crash

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a woman with drunken driving, damaging public property and causing injuries after she allegedly drove her BMW SUV into two of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguards in front of his home, the deputy chief of Phnom Penh’s traffic police said.

Ung Kol Sanik, a salesperson with BMW Cambodia, was riding with her two friends, Tan Kimly and Ka Khengchoung, at about 2:10am on April 1 when she allegedly swerved off the road and into Yin Chantho and Seung Socheath, two of the premier’s bodyguards. Chantho’s leg broke, while Socheath was injured on his head. She also mowed over several motorbikes and hit a tree.

The driver was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.86 millilitres. The legal limit to drive in Cambodia is 0.46 millilitres.

Deputy Phnom Penh traffic police chief Sim Vannsy said Sanik’s friends would not be charged because as passengers ‘‘they are also considered victims’’.

Sanik was questioned from 10:15am to 5:30pm yesterday. She remained in police custody at press time.

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