Phuket police chase ends in broken arm
PHUKET: A Phuket policeman is in Vachira Hospital with a broken arm after a car chase to capture an alleged drug dealer went wrong.
Wednesday 5 October 2011, 04:15PM
Chalong Police Lieutenant Manus Wrongkhow ended up crashing his police car into an electricity pole after he lost control on narrow Soi Palai, in Chalong, on Monday (October 3) evening.
Pol Lt Manus said the incident began on Monday around 2pm, when he and other Chalong policemen arrested Sonthaya ‘Son’ Siemmai, 27, in possession of one gram of ya ice at his house in Chalong.
After questioning, police were led to Paweena ‘Oy’ Klaibuppha, 31, at a petrol station in Chalong ,in possession of 12gms of ya ice in her handbag, and a further 26.4gms at her house.
Ms Paweena told police she bought the ya ice from Anek ‘Ad’ Sae-ong, 31, and police tracked him down with 126 grams of ya ice and 120 ya ba pills.
Mr Anek said he bought ya ba and ya ice from a man whose name he didn’t know, but led police to.
Police planned to arrest the unknown man, but he fled on a motorbike before they could catch him.
Pol Lt Manus tried to chase him in his car, but the road was so narrow he lost control.
“The road had lots of curves and I lost control of my car. The suspect must have known the way better than us,” he said.
Pol Lt Manus was taken to hospital in the early hours of Tuesday with a broken arm. It is not known when he will be released.
From his hospital bed he told The Phuket News his arm was painful, and that when he was driving the car he was so focused on catching the alleged criminal, he forgot about everything else.
Yesterday (October 4) Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Pekad Tantipong and Chalong Police Superintendent Pol Col Krittapas Det-intarasorn visited Pol Lt Manus in hospital.
“This is a big drug network, which involves prisoners in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Chalong and Phuket police are still searching for the man who escaped. We hope to arrest him as soon as possible,” said Pol Maj Gen Pekad.