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German woman awaits trial in Phuket for jumping red light

PHUKET: A German woman is currently being held at Phuket Provincial Court where she is awaiting trial after being stopped by police when she jumped a red light in Chalong and then proceeded to throw a hissy fit at the officers who stopped her.

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Tuesday 28 March 2017, 06:11PM

At 9:55am today (Mar 28), Chalong Police were informed that a car heading towards Chalong had jumped a red light at the junction for Sun Palm Village on Chao Fa East Rd.

After learning of the incident, Lt Thanakrit Eiamchonlakam of the Chalong Police together with four other officers promptly went to Chalong Circle and waited for the subject vehicle.

After a short while the vehicle arrived and was stopped by the officers.

Lt Thanakrit said, “The vehicle was a black Bangkok-registered BMW X1 and the driver was a German woman named Sandra Christiane Grunewald, 55. She was speaking on the telephone when we stopped her.

“We asked Ms Grunewald to step out of the vehicle but she wouldn’t and continued to talk on the phone,” he said.

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“After 15 minutes she finally came out of the car and I asked to see her driving licence and passport. She was not happy with his and shouted out loud. She then grabbed her handbag, walked to a nearby plant pot and proceeded to empty her handbag into the pot.

“She then threw her car keys on to the roof of a nearby building which an officer had to retrieve,” he added.

Ms Grunewald was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with driving through a red light and not caring about other people’s safety.

Lt Chanat Hongsitthichaikul also of the Chalong Police added, “Ms Grunewald has already been taken to Phuket Provincial Court where she is awaiting trial for breaking the Land Transport Act. For this she could be jailed for no longer than three months or fined between B2,000 and B10,000, or both.

When asked if Ms Grunewald would be given bail, Lt Chanat replied, “I don’t know, that is for the court to decide.”  



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Kurt | 29 March 2017 - 12:51:16

As we say:  The thai law enforcement has 2 legs.
One strict foreign leg, and one convenient nevermind thai leg.
See comments of other readers here.

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Fritz Pinguin | 29 March 2017 - 10:05:14

And while still in court, a hefty fine for using the phone while driving would also be appropriate. And another one for not following the orders of the police. What a moron.

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Pauly44 | 29 March 2017 - 09:31:05

Granted this woman shouldn't have run a red light & her reaction was out of line, but I can understand why she flipped as to be pursued by police after "they were informed" and detained is ludicrous. Thai road rules and enforcement of them are non existent unless you're targeted at a tea money checkpoint. I cannot count how many times I have seen Thai drivers running red lights at high speed and much worse with police in full view, heck they even do the same!, 5 kids on motorbikes with no license or helmets etc etc and they don't even flinch! As she was a foreigner driving a beemer it's clear she was targeted for a shakedown.

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AlexR | 29 March 2017 - 07:51:42

Finally someone has been stopped for running a red light. Completely right for stopping her but very convenient it was a foreigner in a BMW. I see countless Thais running red lights everyday, in front of police at busy junctions, and nothing is ever done. They simply turn a blind eye. It makes me sick. I've nearly been hit numerous times by idiots doing this. And just because Thais do it at every light it doesn't mean foreigners should copy them. 

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skip | 29 March 2017 - 02:40:23

since when has running a red light been a criminal offence facilitating arrest ? it sounds like she needs psychiatric help, not incarceration. 3 months jail for running a red light....pleeeease ! i think its a case of "show me the money".  BMW = tea money.

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BenPendejo | 28 March 2017 - 19:18:50

This a-hole certainly deserves anything coming to her.  At the same time, reckless acts are certainly not a rare occurrence, and Thais are notorious for being some of the most reckless people on the planet, and they have the roadway fatality stats to verify it.  At the same time, this incident comes on the heels of a complete imbecile minivan driver in Cherng Thalay whose ignorance, impatience and recklessness caused a serious accident involving 3 vehicles and a motorbike. That moron was found guilty and fined a whopping 500 baht and allowed to continue driving as if nothing ever happened.  !!! THAILAND... DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS...IT IS WRONG !!!

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simon01 | 28 March 2017 - 18:46:01

Just pathetic. A non Thai jumps a red light and goes to court. A Thai smashes cars, vans, speeding, no helmets and endangering everyone else on the road and nothing is done. If unlucky they get a 500 or 1,000 fine if they have an accident and cant get away before the police arrive. This just goes to prove there is one law for Thai and one law for everyone else. 2,000 - 10,000 fine for endangering others??? If this is the case then why are not all mini van drivers pulled up every single day as they are endangering every one else on the road. This just shows they target anyone except Thai. Ok she did throw a tantrum which is not the way to go about things but come on all she was doing was driving like every other Thai on the road.

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