Motithang Gas Station: Thimphu police have detained the driver of a government pool vehicle that rammed into two cars, parked near the Motithang gas station, around four in the morning yesterday.
A few residents nearby were awakened by the loud crash and saw that a white Toyota Prado had collided head on with a parked car (Hyundai Santro) forcing it off-road, and then rammed the rear end of another car (Tata Indica) parked in front.
“The driver backed the Prado and left the scene,” one eyewitness said, adding that he wondered what a government vehicle was doing there early in the morning during the weekend.
The driver returned to the spot but, after a few minutes, fled the scene. “I clicked the Prado’s number plate on my phone camera,” said Tenzin, who had rushed to the spot on seeing his brother’s car smashed. “I immediately informed the traffic police.”
Of the two cars that were hit, one belonged to an employee of Royal Audit Authority, and the other to a local governance official with the home ministry. Traffic police caught the Prado near the hospital area and detained the driver. The driver had admitted to the actions, and told police that he did not mean to flee from the scene but on seeing people gathered, feared that they might beat him.
“On interrogation, the driver said he had lost control of the vehicle, but was only driving at 30-40km/h speed,” a police official said.
The white Prado is a finance ministry pool vehicle.
By Passang Norbu