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Phuket police dodge drunk-driving probe for flying Honda CRV

PHUKET: Police say they have yet to ascertain whether or not the driver or the occupants of a “flying” Honda CRV sedan that came crashing down on a three-wheeled motorbike with box sidecar in Koh Kaew yesterday morning was drunk driving.

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Monday 20 March 2017, 04:44PM

The three in the car were returning from a staff party when the car struck the curb and went airborne, then landed on a motorbike between two utility poles. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The three in the car were returning from a staff party when the car struck the curb and went airborne, then landed on a motorbike between two utility poles. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The driver, named by police as 37-year-old Prawit Prakanpai, and his two passengers were returning home from a staff party on Saturday night when the car mounted a curb in front of the PTT petrol Station north of the Bang Khu Underpass site on Thepkrasattri Rd.

The car launched into the air and landed on the motorbike while pining itself between a power pole and a street light. (See story here.)

All three in the car were rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital, and Mr Prawit, who had to be cut free from the wreck, remained unconscious.

Capt Udom Petcharat, Deputy Superintendent of the Phuket City Police and the officer responsible for the case, told The Phuket News today (Mar 20) that he will not be taking any investigative steps “until they get better”.

Asked if the driver, Mr Prawit, had been drinking, Capt Udom said, “I don’t know yet. I am waiting for the medical tests.”

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Capt Udom also confirmed that he had yet to question any of the occupants. “They are in recovering by hospital. Let them rest.”

However, Capt Udom declined to confirm the extent of injuries of any of the three from the car, or whether any of were able to answer questions at this stage.

He even declined to confirm whether or not the passenger in riding in the back of the vehicle was male or female, as undefined in the original report. (See story here.)

Oddly, Capt Udom did call for the owner of the crushed motorbike with sidecar to come forward.

“I have not estimated the full cost of damage caused by the accident, and I am still waiting for the owner of motorcycle trapped by the Honda CRV to come and file a complaint with me at Phuket City Police Station,” Capt Udom said.



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skip | 21 March 2017 - 11:55:01

Yes, the car tripped on a banana skin and fell off the road. an innocent mishap and the only one to blame was the blaggard who dropped the banana skin, They are checking CCTV cameras at the markets to see who bought the banana. Forensics will  determine the outcome of who dropped the banana .Yes they were drinking all night at a party but they were not drunk, heavens forbid such an accusation should exist. Tested for alcohol at the hospital, oh please, just a waste of funds as the driver said he hadnt had a drop all night and how dare you even mention such an accusation. And once again the officer said " oh speak to me chocolate lips " and the bundle of dead presidents said all that was needed to be said. CASE CLOSED. 

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Jor12 | 20 March 2017 - 20:25:55

Belzybob...begagars belief?? It's just another motor accident. Why is it obvious to you that the driver is well connected. Not obvious to me. 

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BenPendejo | 20 March 2017 - 18:08:14

OK...I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say, "of course the driver was was 1 in the morning and they were at a party all evening".  But I understand that the police chief needs to conduct a preliminary investigation to figure out the financial status of all those involved to make sure they aren't "influential" people or relatives of any police.  Then, since they are all Thai, they will dole out minimal fines and go back to the station with hopes that a farang does the same thing so there will be a better pay day.

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Belzybob | 20 March 2017 - 17:56:40

Another story that just beggars belief. Obviously a well connected driver.

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