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Latvian drunk driver charged after accident leaves woman in hospital with head injuries

PHUKET: A Latvian** man faces serious charges which may incur years in jail for a drunk-driving accident in Rawai last night (Sept 12) that left a local woman in hospital with head injuries.

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Wednesday 13 September 2017, 11:27AM


Latvian national Julian Ranmer, 35, as named by police, was charged for drunk driving after he initially refused to take a breath test after he rolled his car on the main road through Saiyuan last night.

Lt Sakkarin Sangjaroen of the Chalong Police together with rescue workers arrived at the scene, in front of the 7-Eleven store on Saiyuan Rd, at 8:30pm.

At the scene officers found a white Honda Jazz overturned in the middle of the road, with a damaged white Honda Wave motorbike lying just metres away.

The motorbike driver, Ampa Hnuon, 36, had suffered head injures and was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

A white Mazda CX5 sedan parked beside the road was also damaged.

“Mr Ranmer was driving at high speed and lost control of the vehicle, which struck the Mazda CX5 sedan parked beside the road,” Lt Sakkarin explained.

“After that, Mr Ranmer’s Honda Jazz rolled two times and collided with the motorbike, which was coming from the opposite direction,” he added.

“We asked Mr Ranmer to take a breath test, but he refused to cooperate. Instead he just kept talking in circles,” Lt Sakkarin noted.

Officers then took Mr Ranmer to Chalong Police Station for further questioning.

“Finally he took the breath test and tested positive. At this stage we have charged him with drunk driving only. However, that charge may be increased, depending on Ms Ampa’s condition,” Lt Sakkarin said.

“We are waiting for doctors to confirm her status,” he added.

Under new drunk driving penalties introduced in 2015, drunk driving incurs up to one year imprisonment or a fine of B5,000 to B20,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for six months, while drunk driving causing bodily or mental harm to others may incur one to five years imprisonment or a fine of B20,000 to B100,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for up to one year.

However, the more grievous charge of drunk driving causing serious injury to others may incur two to six years imprisonment or a fine of B40,000 to B120,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for up to two years.

Drunk driving causing death may incur three to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of B60,000 to B200,000 and the driver’s license will be revoked. (See details here.)

Additional Reporting by Premkamon Ketsara

** CORRECTION: Chalong Police later confirmed that Mr Ranmer is a Latvian national, not Russian as originally reported.

 

 

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Eagle | 18 September 2017 - 17:38:20

Someone who is said to"live in cloud cuckoo land"is a person who thinks that things that are completely impossible might happen,rather than understanding how things really are! I would say this refers more to those people posting everyday some new ridiculous  ideas here, how to turn Phuket into the perfect island.And i don't have to ridicule you,as you did this to yourself  with your research already!

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malczx7r | 18 September 2017 - 12:12:12

Booah, well it's better research and an argument that you have put up other than to ridicule what I see. Whilst 99% may not be fully accurate, t sure counters your "non" argument of no counter claim. You carry on living life in cloud cuckoo land, i'll state what I see.

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Capt B | 18 September 2017 - 06:40:28

The 1st drunk driver almost killed me (I've been dead twice), the 2nd Drunk Driver, I almost killed him.
I just want you to know Horst, it is possible to get a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury whilst wearing a full face helmet.
The Drunk Driver: Lock Him Up & Throw Away The Key thanks.

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Bigaresort | 16 September 2017 - 08:44:43

Did she wear a Helmed???
Horst

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Eagle | 15 September 2017 - 16:33:44

Booaah! That's what i call a well researched study! Sitting on a bar and observing every customer what they drink,how much they drink and even what vehicle they use when leaving the bar! Surely this explains the 99%.Ridiculous !

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malczx7r | 15 September 2017 - 12:41:36

99% of people drunk after 10pm,  it's nonsense and absurd, you have figures to prove this is not the case?  I make this case as when i go out for a beer 1 or 2 times a week ( I walk by the way) everyone in a bar i see has a scooter outside, i see maybe 1 other person walking, the rest are all drinking and driving.

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MartinK | 14 September 2017 - 20:29:25

Curious as to the policy regarding photos of the accused.  Is it Phuket News policy or local police policy that accused Thai Nationals (regardless of the crime ) are blurred while foreign nationals, are shown clearly? 

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Eagle | 14 September 2017 - 16:30:20

OOPs,wrong quote.It says:They'd find 99% of people drunk in charge of a vehicle!Sorry! Anyway still inaccurate absurd nonsense.

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Eagle | 14 September 2017 - 11:31:32

99% in charge of a vehicle drive drunk after 10pm!Wondering where those numbers come from! Own research? Another example of the inaccurate absurd nonsense posted here daily!

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malczx7r | 14 September 2017 - 11:25:57

I remember the van driver crashing into the house and killing many, i think he got a 5000b fine from memory?

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