The traffic police chief of the Primorye region quit on Monday amid a criminal investigation into a YouTube
Police Colonel Alexander Lysenko, who also has been filmed nearly hitting a reporter with his car and beating a young girl, resigned just days after the street racer, Yaroslav Gorbenko, 20, complained to local media that the criminal investigation into the attack on him had stalled.
But an official police
Lysenko, who is reportedly under house arrest, has not commented on his reason for quitting. He faces up to 10 years in prison on abuse of power charges linked to the video released on YouTube in June that shows him arguing on the side of the road with Lysenko, who had been participating in an illegal night race, and then striking him on the head and pulling his ear so hard that he sways to one side.
Prosecutors opened a criminal case into the attack, later closed it, but then reopened it.
Lysenko has been involved in at least two similar incidents. In August, he nearly hit a reporter with the bumper of his car in an
A spokeswoman for the region's traffic police said at the time that police saw no reason to act because Lysenko had been on vacation at the time and the reporter wasn't pressing any charges.
In 2002, at a rally in Vladivostok over wage arrears, Lysenko was shown on television striking a girl aged 3 to 5 years in the face, the Deita news agency
Investigators opened a criminal case into the 2002 incident but concluded that Lysenko was defending himself because the woman had attacked him with a bag, local newspaper Arsenyevskiye Vesti