China cop accused of drunken crash; crowds protest

BEIJING—A police officer has been accused of driving drunk and killing five people in a central China crash that reportedly sparked angry crowds to smash and flip cars.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the officer in Henan province’s Runan county has been charged with endangering public security for running his police van into two streetlamp poles on Saturday afternoon. The poles fell and crushed the victims.

Xinhua cites the Runan county publicity department as saying the officer was suspected of drunken driving.

The Southern Metropolis Daily said crowds overturned and smashed at least five vehicles out of unhappiness with how the police were handling the crash

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