Student Charged Over US Ambassador Wall Crash

A university student who was arrested Tuesday night after ending a drunken hit-and-run spree by smashing his Lexus SUV through the wall of the U.S. ambassador’s residence was charged over the incident Friday, officials said.

Hing Bunthorn, Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor, said that Tann Sovannara, 21, was charged over leaving a trail of destruction that ended with his vehicle lodged in the wall of U.S. Ambassador William Todd’s mansion on Nor­odom Boulevard. 

“We charged the suspect with causing unintentional injury according to Criminal Code Article 410, intentional damage of property to the ambassador’s house, and causing unintentional injury to people according to Traffic Law Article 83,” said Mr. Bunthorn.

The series of collisions began when Mr. Sovannara crashed his vehicle into a car on a street near Boeng Keng Kang market before plowing into a motorbike near Aeon Mall, injuring two people.

Tin Vansy, a traffic police officer who escorted Mr. Sovannara to court, said the suspect was already being held in provisional detention at Prey Sar prison.

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