Tha Sala police today (Apr 24) pressed the charge against Pongsakorn Nurueang, 29, who was arrested at his girlfriend’s parents’ home in Nop Phi Tham district yesterday.
He was also charged with reckless driving and obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty. The charge of attempted murder carries a maximum penalty of the death sentence.
Mr Pongsakorn allegedly drove off from a stop with Pol Snr Sgt Maj Montri Nitichai sprawled across the bonnet of his yellow Mitsubishi in Tha Sala town of Tha Sala district on Wednesday.
The officer had approached the car after it bumped into the rear of his stopped motorcycle.
The car carried the policeman, from Tha Sala police station, for about two kilometres, allegedly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, before stopping to allow him to get off.
Nakhon Si Thammarat police chief Sonthichai Awatthanakulthep said Mr Pongsakorn denied that he tried to run the policeman down.
Mr Pongsakorn said the bump his car gave Pol Snr Sgt Maj Montri’s motorcycle occurred as he bent down from the driver’s seat to pick up his fallen mobile phone, according to Pol Maj Gen Sonthichai.
He then panicked for fear of being arrested, because he also had a bottle of illicit krathom cocktail in his possession.
Police found the man’s car parked in a mangosteen orchard at his girlfriend’s parents’ home when they traced and apprehended him yesterday.