DUI Checkpoint Incident Results in Fatal Fire

A man in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, tragically lost his life after self-immolation at a DUI (Driving under the influence) police checkpoint. The police have attributed the extreme act to his personal heartbreak.

During the night of January 7, the local police in Nha Be District had set up a routine DUI check site on Nguyen Van Tao Street. By 8 p.m., they flagged down a motorcyclist who appeared to be intoxicated. The subsequent test proved this suspicion, revealing a blood alcohol concentration of 0.925 mg per liter of breath.

The offender was unable to provide any identification documents, including his driver’s license and his motorcycle’s registration card. As a result, the police formally impounded his vehicle, a procedure he complied with by signing the seizure report.

About an hour post this encounter, the man returned to the DUI checkpoint, this time armed with two cans of gasoline. In a distressing turn of events, he doused himself with the gas and set himself on fire. Immediate efforts were launched to rescue him, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, he could not be saved and was pronounced dead the following morning on January 8.

Preliminary inquiries into the incident revealed a troubled personal life. The man had been living with his girlfriend since November 2022 but was recently left by her. She had opted to return to her parental home. The local Nha Be District police also found out that the man had sent some alarming messages to this woman through the Zalo messaging platform, where he had hinted at harming himself.

Finally, it was clarified that the patrolling officers handling the DUI inspection had followed all standard procedures in their interaction with the victim.

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