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article imageHanoi traffic cop takes harrowing bus ride

By Larry Clifton     Apr 13, 2012 in Crime
A traffic cop in Vietnam clung to the front of a bus in Hanoi, Vietnam, for about a kilometer after the driver fled a check point.
In a video, Traffic Police 2nd Lt. Nguyen Manh Phan struggles to keep his footing on the bumper while clutching the windshield wipers. Phan never seemed to lose his composure as the bus careened a kilometer (0.6 mile) down busy highway. The driver reportedly tried to avoid a traffic ticket, according to an AP article.
The Vietnamese cop ordered the bus driver to pull over, but the driver pulled into traffic and accelerated instead.
Hanoi traffic officer ensuring he gives the ticket.
Hanoi traffic officer ensuring he gives the ticket.
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The driver, Phung Hong Phuong, finally pulled the 39-seat passenger coach over with a convoy of police in pursuit as residents looked on.
The incident occurred Monday in Ba Vi District outside Hanoi, according to an AP report.
Phuong allegedly refused to produce papers at a check point and started to drive off but not before Phan jumped onto the front of the bus balancing precariously on the bumper while holding on to large windshield wipers. Police said the bus reached a top speed of about 50 kilometers per hour (31 mph) as the cop dangled a foot above the pavement. It is obvious in the video that Phan would have literally been thrown under the bus had he fallen from his ominous perch.
All the while, traffic is passing by the chaotic scene and Phan can be heard yelling, "Call the police!"
After the bus came to a stop, Phan stood calmly in front of it, still clutching on to the wipers.
Phuong was arrested for allegedly “acting against public officials,” an offense that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence, according to AP. He had served over three years in prison for a fatal traffic accident, and was released in 2010.
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