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Drunk driving Phang Nga policeman fined B25,000, given 2 year suspended sentence

PHUKET: The chief of the Phang Nga City Police has confirmed today that the police officer charged with drunk driving in September last year was fined B25,000 and given a two-year suspended sentence.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Thursday 23 February 2017, 01:04PM


More than 30 residents gathered at Phang Nga Muang District Police Station on the night of Sept 9, calling for police to test the officer for alcohol. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
More than 30 residents gathered at Phang Nga Muang District Police Station on the night of Sept 9, calling for police to test the officer for alcohol. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

An off-duty police officer reeking of alcohol left six people injured after his pickup truck crossed Phetkasem Rd and crashed into them – before the officer fled the scene – on Sept 9 outraging local residents in Phang Nga Town.

More than 30 residents gathered at Phang Nga Muang District Police Station on the night of Sept 9, calling for police to test the officer for alcohol and ensure justice was served in conducting their investigation. (See story here.)

On Sept 29, Lt Dusit Phongphan, an inspector with the Phang Nga Muang District Police, told The Phuket News that the station had finally received the BAC test results from Phang Nga Hospital after waiting for more than two weeks, and they confirmed that the officer’s alcohol level was more than 50mg at the time of the incident.

The officer was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. (See story here.)

Speaking to The Phuket News today (Feb 23), Phang Nga City Police Chief Col Suwat Kaewprom said, “Sub Lt Thanom Haesathit was found guilty of drunk driving by Phang Nga Provincial Court and fined B25,000. He was also given a two-year suspended sentence.

Sub Lt Thanom also paid compensation to all of the six people injured in the incident,” Col Suwat said.

Col Suwat also confirmed that Sub Lt Thanom was still in full police employment, however he has yet to be disciplined as per police disciplinary procedures.  

 

 

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Kurt | 27 February 2017 - 10:31:28

How about he (a police officer) fled the scene?
That crime conveniently forgotten?

Unbelievable that a police officer, just punished for 1 of the 2 crimes only (!) + 2 years suspended sentence is still in full police employment.
Crimes committed in September 2016, and yet to be disciplined as per police procedures?
This is saying a lot about the RTP.

@ Phuket Corruption:
Perhaps some police stations have more cash available in the house than some banks?

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Phuket Corruption | 26 February 2017 - 16:26:52

Anyone else would have been jailed yet an off-duty police officer reeking of alcohol who left six people injured gets a suspended sentence only because more than 30 residents gathered at Phang Nga Muang District Police Station to protest.

I wonder where the money paid as compensation will come from?

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bazgunner | 25 February 2017 - 08:54:26

At least he wasn't caught feeding bread to some fish...... now that really is a horrendous crime and I'm sure his sentence would not have been suspended in that instance.

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Bjay | 23 February 2017 - 19:25:12

2 weeks to get the results of a breath/blood teat??? The fine & suspended sentence seem to be very lenient for a police officer who ought to set an example!

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malczx7r | 23 February 2017 - 18:28:48

25,000! Lucky he wasn't feeding bread to fish or he'd have got 100,000 fine! 

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