A passenger in a Mercedes car that was stopped by traffic police in Kompong Speu province’s Chbar Mon City on Saturday paid a $3 fine to police before sticking a handgun out the vehicle’s window and firing 33 shots into the air, according to officials.
The vehicle was traveling about 95 km per hour down National Road 4 when a traffic camera spotted the car, with the license-plate number 2AD-2229, according to provincial traffic police chief Sin Sovanthy.
“The traffic rule only allows speeds between 30 to 40 km an hour while traveling in the city,” he said.
“We stopped them and informed them, ‘Your car is driving too fast at 95 km per hour,’ then they asked us to get a receipt and they paid.”
But after driving onward for about 2 meters, the car stopped again and the man sitting in the rear passenger-side seat—who police believe to be the owner of the vehicle—fired a Glock pistol 33 times before driving away, Mr. Sovanthy said.
“They dared to commit a crime against our traffic police, but our traffic police wish only for peace and safety,” he said, adding that traffic police across the country are on the lookout for the vehicle.