Foreigner Crashes Into Governor’s Truck

A foreigner who drunkenly crashed his motorbike into the back of a district governor’s pickup truck in Phnom Penh on Tuesday morning was let off with a warning after offering to pay for the damage, officials said.

Horn Vibol, deputy chief of police in Prampi Makara district, said that before the accident on Monivong Boulevard, the middle-aged Western man had been weaving through traffic while intoxicated while two Cambodian women rode pillion on his Honda Scoopy.

When he lost control of the motorbike, Mr. Vibol said, he ran into the back of a Toyota Tundra carrying Dangkao district governor Nut Put Dara.

“The guy was drunk and speeding, overtaking other vehicles, and he crashed into the pickup truck,” he said, adding that because no one was seriously injured, police did not arrest him. Damage to the truck was limited to a cracked taillight and scratched rear bumper.

Contacted by telephone, Mr. Put Dara said the foreigner had offered to pay for repairs, but that he had declined.

“The foreigner acknowledged it was his fault and promised to provide compensation to repair my pickup truck, but I told him not to worry because I was busy and had a meeting,” the governor said.

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