Jakarta, IO – A British man identified as AAM, 24, pushed and slapped a traffic policeman when the latter performed a check on him on Sunset Road, Kuta, Bali.
Bali Police spokesperson Jansen Avitus Panjaitan said the tourist was arrested in Canggu, North Kuta, on Tuesday (19/9) at around 8pm WITA, per Kompas.
A member of Denpasar Traffic Police Unit, Aiptu Puji Santoso, made an official report of the incident.
“We are coordinating with Immigration department to carry out the legal process and deporting the perpetrator,” said Jansen.
Jansen said that the incident happened on Monday (18/9) at around 2pm WITA. It immediately went viral on social media. The policeman was slapped when he stopped the perpetrator who tried to flee a check as he did not have a driving license and vehicle registration document.
“The foreigner was furious, he pushed the victim until he almost fell and when he was blocked again because he wanted to flee he became emotional and got off the motorbike and immediately slapped the victim in the face until the victim’s hat came off and he fell,” he said.
Jansen said that even though he received such treatment, the victim was not provoked and continued to handle the situation calmly. Then, witness Aiptu Nyoman Siki Asmara, a colleague of the victim, came to help and warned the foreigner to obey traffic regulations in Indonesia.
“At that time, the police exercised discretion by allowing the reported party to leave, to avoid traffic jams and crowds because crowd started to form at the scene,” he said. (rr)