Sakoo Police Inspector Lt Thanakarn Uchanarasamee received a call from the Thalang Police at 1:30am reporting that drug suspect Phinyo Chowyos, 30, had escaped custody.
Phinyo and his fellow drug suspect companion Nattapong Chaiamart, 23, both jumped out of the pickup truck after officers parked in front of Thalang Police Station, Lt Thanakarn explained.
“Officers managed to recapture Nattapong, but officers are still searching for Phinyo,” he added.
Sakoo Police arrested Phinyo and Nattapong yesterday after finding them in possession of an unspecified amount of methamphetamine (ya bah).
They were being transported with Theerayuth Manajit, 29, and Jarupong Limani, 24, who had been arrested for theft at Phuket International Airport. Lt Thanakarn did not specify what Theerayuth and Jarupong were accused of stealing.
“They were being taken to be held in the cells at Thalang Police Station as Sakoo Police Station does not have any detention cells,” Lt Thanakarn said.
Two police officers were travelling in the back of the pickup truck with the four suspects when Phinyo and Nattapong made their escape.
“Officers are now looking for Phinyo, who was last seen under a bridge near the Thalang Municipality offices on Thepkrasattri Rd,” he added.
“Witnesses last saw him disappear into a pipe,” he said.