After the driver and his companion leapt out of the black Toyota Yaris and ran off, officers found two bouquets of red roses, a photo of the driver posing with a gun and another of him with someone they believe is his girlfriend. They also found a pistol.
The incident began when police set up a checkpoint near Soi Pa Hin Nam Sai near Saphan Hin.
As the Nakhon Sri Thammarat-registered Yaris with two men in it approached they waved it down,. But the driver had other ideas and accelerated through the checkpoint.
A motorbike cop gave chase. They sped into Phuket Town, along Montri Rd to the Seng Ho bookstore, where the Yaris driver swerved into Dibuk Rd, then into Thepkrassattri Rd.
Before the car reached the clock tower circle, the motorbike cop overtook it and cut in front. The car screeched to a halt and then reversed abruptly, slamming into another Toyota close behind, driven by a terrified 49-year-old life insurance seller named Natthapat Rattanapan.
Realising he would not be able to drive out of the situation, the driver and passenger jumped out of the Yaris and legged it.
Witnesses described the driver as “skinny and tattooed”, while the passenger was described as overweight.
Officers took the Yaris with its gun and roses cargo to the police station and checked the registration, discovering that it belonged to a Ms Wassana Pakdeekit of Nakhon Sri Thammarat.
They are now attempting to contact her to find out how her car came to be involved in the chase, and to identify the two men in it.