Alleged ex-soldier smashes SUV vs 20 vehicles


Posted at Feb 06 2010 06:50 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2010 01:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - A man claiming to be a former solider bumped his car against 20 vehicles as he attempted to evade pursuing traffic enforcers in Mandaluyong City and Quezon City on Saturday.

Traffic enforcers tried to stop Tomas Hamchawan (not Anchuan as earlier reported), who was driving an Isuzu Crosswind at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, after receiving a report that he was involved in a car crash.

But instead of stopping, Hamchawan sped off. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers pursued Hamchawan up to White Plains in Quezon City where there was a traffic jam.

Hamchawan suddenly counter-flowed towards Ortigas flyover where he hit 20 vehicles, including a Toyota Fortuner, a Mercedes Benz, and a passenger bus. This was where traffic enforcers caught up with him and arrested him.

Several people, including a traffic enforcer, were injured. A woman bound for Tandang Sora who was just walking on the street was also hurt. Her hands and feet were injured.

Owners of the vehicles who got involved in the collisions went to Camp Caringal in Quezon City to file a complaint against Hamchawan.

Hamchawan appeared to be mentally imbalanced when interviewed by dzMM reporter Jeffery Hernaez. He claimed stealing a Philippine flag but did not say from whom.

Hamchawan will be brought to Quezon City Police District's Station 8 after a medical examination.