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High speed crash caught on camera

High speed crash caught on camera

A customs official in Battambang’s Kamrieng district who crashed his Lexus on Sunday after allegedly trying to drive drunk was arrested the next day and is awaiting a date with the provincial court, officials said yesterday.

A video circulating on social media shows suspect Siek Chan’s Lexus 470 driving backwards at high speed and crashing into cars and motorbikes, causing frightened bystanders to flee. Sat Kimsan, chief of Battambang’s traffic police, said the video clearly shows that Chan is drunk and the case will be filed with the court this morning.

“It was so cruel and damaged a lot of property,” he said.

Srey Vuthy, chief of Kamrieng district police, said that the Lexus hit two cars, three motorbikes, fruit stalls and a fence.

However, because police did not have the necessary equipment to measure blood-alcohol content, Vuthy could not confirm that Chan was indeed drunk driving, while another official maintained the car had “a gear problem”.

While Chan already paid compensation to affected parties yesterday, Kimsan said he will still have to face the law for drunk driving.

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