Netizens have blasted the South Jakarta Transportation Agency, known as Dishubtrans, after officials allegedly used excessive force to detain an Uber driver who accidentally drove into a patrol vehicle while trying to prevent his car from being towed away near the Casablanca area in South Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon (13/04). (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Netizens Blast Transportation Agency Officials for Driver's Violent Arrest

BY :EKO PRASETYO

APRIL 14, 2016

Jakarta. Netizens have blasted the South Jakarta Transportation Agency, known as Dishubtrans, after officials allegedly used excessive force to detain an Uber driver who accidentally drove into a patrol vehicle while trying to prevent his car from being towed away near the Casablanca area in South Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon (13/04).

A Facebook user posted a picture of the incident at around 4.31 p.m. on Wednesday, saying that the driver – whose name is still unknown – was immediately detained by brute force.

Witnesses said three officials violently assaulted the driver – despite the fact that he apologized for the accident. Some said one of the officials banged the driver's head into the car's bumper, while others prevented witnesses from interfering by shouting: "I am an officer! You be quiet, I am an officer!"

In response to the case, the head of operational control at the agency, Laura Leonika Harianja, took firm action by temporarily suspending the officials.

"The officials are under investigation and they are currently suspended," Laura told detik.com on Thursday.

According to another South Jakarta Transportation Agency official, the driver allegedly jumped into his car just as officials were about to tow it away.

He commented on the Facebook post, saying that it only showed the last part of the pursuit, when the driver was finally taken into custody. The agency is currently waiting for the car's owner to resolve the matter.

The owners of cars towed away for parking illegally in the city can face fines of Rp 500,000 ($38) per night.

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