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Taoyuan vows to get to bottom of police officer hit-and-run

Taoyuan vows to get to bottom of police officer hit-and-run

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Police in Taoyuan promised Wednesday to get to the bottom of the fatal New Year's hit-and-run caused by one of their own as it emerged colleagues destroyed evidence to protect the officer -- the son of one of the vice president's personal bodyguards. Lee Wen-yi (???), an officer at the city's Daxi precinct, was off-duty at around 8:50 p.m. on Jan. 1, when the car he was driving struck and killed a 22-year-old college student riding her motorcycle in Luzhu District. Instead of getting out of the vehicle to inspect the victim, he apparently abandoned the car and fled the scene on foot with his five-year-old daughter, who had been in the vehicle at the time of the accident, security camera video showed. He claims he was not drunk at the time of the accident.
Lee is alleged to have conspired with other police to destroy evidence by collecting video from nearby private cameras and destroying it and then staying at a motel long enough to ensure his blood alcohol level was not over the legal limit. He then turned himself in. Investigators began to suspect something was wrong after learning that surveillance videos of the incident had disappeared. There has been speculation that Lee managed to secure help from his colleagues by leveraging his father's position as a bodyguard to Vice President Wu Den-yih (???). Asked to comment Wednesday, Wu said that Lee "must admit his mistakes" and take responsibility. "Making such a mistake and trying to cover it up is a violation of ethics and unacceptable under the law," the vice president said, adding he was confident on Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???) would oversee the investigation appropriately. Taoyuan's police inspector Lee Wen-li (???, no relation to the suspect) said that he was saddened to see "law enforcement personnel breaking the law themselves" and will reflect on why the situation was allowed to happen. All police officers suspected of helping the officer destroy evidence have been transferred to non-supervisory posts, and police will work with a city government task force headed by Taoyuan Deputy Mayor Chiu Tai-san (???) and prosecutors, the police chief said.
(By Chiu Chun-chin and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-12-03 19:05 GMT+08:00