THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

American tourist hit by cop joins police volunteers

PHUKET: An American man has joined the tourist police as a volunteer after an incident that was filmed in which he was assaulted by a Patong traffic police officer after demanding the reason why he was fined B1,000.

patongpolicetourism
By The Phuket News

Monday 4 February 2019, 06:49PM


UPDATE: Mr Nava contacted The Phuket News directly this morning (Feb 5) with the folllowing message: "I feel like associating myself and being involved with the police publicly is not something I'm interested in. I was perfectly happy with the way my life was before this happened, and this also doesn't support the life I want to have. So for these and many other reasons, I have decided not to participate in the volunteer police program. I was simply trying to honor my friend who helped me and the apology from the police. I hope everyone understands. Please update your article."

Asked if the original intention was to be a volunteer just for one day, Mr Nava replied, "Yes. It was an agreement for them to try and make up to me and show what the police do in Patong. They offered for me to join the volunteers but after deep consideration I have decided it is not something I am interested in or want to be associated with. I was simply trying to honor the police chief and my friend (Thai lady) who went through the trouble to get the police to apologize."


The video clip, which has since gone viral, was recorded by the American, Luis Magdaleno Nava, 34, and shows him repeatedly asking the police officer, Capt Phirom Srisuwan, “Why you take B1,000 from me? Tell me, why?”

The video clip then shows Capt Phirom shouting “Bpai!” (go) pushing Mr Nava’s arm and then his phone that he was recording with as Nava repeats the question.

Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee told The Phuket News that the incident happened on Sawatdirak Rd in Patong, near Sai Nam Yen School at about 3am on Sunday (Feb 3).

“Everything is fine, people make mistakes. We need to be kind and forgiving in society. Everything has been figured out,” Col Anotai assured.

Thailand Property Awards - Asia Property Awards

“The main issue was miscommunication between a Thai policeman and an American tourist. It is normal that we might not understand everything that we say to each other,” he explained.

It was initially thought that Mr Nava was stopped for ‘ghost driving’ (driving on the wrong side of the road). However, Col Anotai explained that the dispute was not about ghost driving as Mr Nava was ordered to stop before he drove into a forbidden road.

“Capt Phirom was trying to explain to Mr Nava that he had to go to Patong Police Station when the misunderstanding occurred,” Col Anotai said.

“Both Mr Luis (Nava) and Capt Phirom understand how the misunderstanding happened. Mr Luis is a tourist who visits Phuket often and today began to volunteer for Patong Police. We welcome Mr Luis’ decision as we need more English speaking volunteers to help communicate with tourists and explain our traffic laws to them,” Col Anotai explained.

Mr Nava told The Phuket News today, “I admit that I turned on the wrong street by accident, however, I did not deserve to be hit. The police chief made an apology and offered me to be a volunteer to help and I accepted the offer.

“I appreciate Thai police efforts and everyone's understanding in this matter,” he added.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Kurt | 05 February 2019 - 10:40:42

Wow, getting a working permit so fast, and that as a tourist.  The Phuket RTP must be really desperate to get english speaking staff. Is the RTP not having a language institute were they educate their own officers in a choice of languages? ( english, mandarin, russian)

Fascinated | 04 February 2019 - 23:12:48

They need more english speaking volunteers because they got rid of the volunteers! 

“Both Mr Luis and Capt Phirom understand how the misunderstanding happened." Is this straight from the Rumsfeld book of unknown knowns?

Xonax | 04 February 2019 - 20:31:17

If you can´t beat them, join them!

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Four dead as pickup truck slams into tour bus heading to Phuket

Excuse or explanation, nevermind the choice of words. The driver should have checked immediately on ...(Read More)


May 4 approved as Coronation Day

Wow, and don't forget the additional/supplementary holidays when the real holidays is on a Satur...(Read More)


Government clamps down on surging illegal Thai migration

Thai's don't need a visa for Korea,as long as they don't stay longer than 90 days.Not mu...(Read More)


Slow loris tout arrested at Karon

So it took Officers from Khao Phra Thaew Conservation Centre, Region 5 Division of Crime Suppression...(Read More)


Slow loris tout arrested at Karon

So, mr Nares is a big liar! Claims not to know he commit a crime, but was arrested last year for the...(Read More)


Phuket Police say investigation into Finnish girl’s death inconclusive

"Girl...woman.."? So is she a child or an adult? 19 yo, yep that's an adult but who k...(Read More)


Government clamps down on surging illegal Thai migration

A good 'plan of action' should be made by the highly decorated thai Immigration top official...(Read More)


Four dead as pickup truck slams into tour bus heading to Phuket

What you say he should get as punishment and what the law proscribes differs. Falling asleep was no...(Read More)


Commerce Ministry warns of extortionate hospital prices

and the stupid new ruling to force expats to have health insurance will just give these crooks the o...(Read More)


Four dead as pickup truck slams into tour bus heading to Phuket

"The 23-year-old driver of a pickup truck... will be charged with reckless driving causing deat...(Read More)