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High driver travels 10km at speed without front tyre on Phuket road

High driver travels 10km at speed without front tyre on Phuket road

PHUKET: A 29-year-old van driver was arrested by Tha Chatchai Police this morning (Jan 13) after having driven his vehicle without its left front tyre for around 10km in Thalang.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 13 January 2023, 04:21PM

The spark-striking Toyota Commuter van with public transport license plates was reported to police by shocked motorists who saw it performing this antic on Phuket’s busiest highway Thepkrasattri Rd around 9am. The distance of 10km was also given by the witnesses.

The driver, named by police as Koh Kaew resident Pichai Klomsanoh, 29, was arrested at a checkpoint set up in Mai Khao by Tha Chatchai Police specifically to catch him.

Having searched the driver, police found Mr Pichai in possession of 12 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). The drugs were in his pockets, and Mr Pichai admitted that the pills belonged to him.

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The public transport driver also confessed to having taken three other pills earlier in the morning, two hours prior to his igniting ride.

Mr Pichai was taken to Phuket Checkpoint where he tested positive for drugs. He was then put under arrest at Tha Chatchai Police Station on charges of driving under influence of drugs and illegal possession of a category one drug (methaphetamine).

Police have not said anything about other charges such as reckless driving. The Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO), which oversees everything related to public transport, is yet to comment on the case publicly. The commuter’s license plates clearly identify the vehicle as Phuket-registered.

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Kurt | 15 January 2023 - 09:24:25

When will it going to happen that plain clothes police do unannounced spot check on taxi and van drivers at Phuket airport? On the many weapons on board vehicles and drugs? Sure there is a statue somewhere to do a 'start ceremony' by one of the Governors and police commander.

Kurt | 15 January 2023 - 09:12:57

And this kind of people drive tourists Phuket Airport-Hotel-Phuket Airport. Yes-yes. Great advertisement for Phuket as a tourist destination. And the police? Instead to intercept him as fast as possible they just set up a check point to wait him! Pfff.

solar_serfer | 14 January 2023 - 16:43:54

at least nobody was attached to that tire like those 5 dudes had in Delhi ("Delhi Sultanpuri horror") .. 

Old guy | 14 January 2023 - 16:15:34

You might think our crack police force would have discovered this guy long before 10km of civilians did.
Don't the police do anything? 

JohnC | 14 January 2023 - 09:17:27

LOL. That's really funny. I'm not sure if the YaBa had anything to do with his poor driving skills and lack of any realisation that there was a problem with the vehicle. That is pretty normal behaviour amongst locals when driving or riding.

Fascinated | 13 January 2023 - 18:50:36

I would suggest this guy is just the tip of the iceberg- lets remember the number of 'professional' drivers who 'fall asleep at the wheel' as well. ALL drivers stopped by the police should be checked for drugs and alcohol. At least he HAD a driving licence- how many points will this generate?


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