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Lucky policeman dodges Phuket drunk driver

PHUKET: A police officer manning a checkpoint in Cherng Talay narrowly escaped being mowed down by a drunk driver in the early hours of yesterday (Dec 20).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 21 December 2018, 10:55AM


The drunk driver nearly mowed down the police officer. Image: CCTV screenshot / Poth Kantapong

The drunk driver nearly mowed down the police officer. Image: CCTV screenshot / Poth Kantapong

Lt Supot Kantapong of the Cherng Talay Police was on duty with a fellow officer at the entrance to the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) offices on Srisoonthorn Rd at 1:30am when the incident happened.

“It happened so fast. I saw a white pickup approaching very quickly from Cheng Talay heading toward the Heroines Monument,” Lt Supot said in a post on his “Poth Kantapong” Facebook page.

“I jumped out of the way just in time as the pickup went just past me… Then the pickup crashed into our police motorbike and stopped on the footpath on the corner,” he said.

“I went to check the driver, who was drunk. Inside the pickup were many (sic) children. Some of them were injured. They were taken to Thalang Hospital,” Lt Supot wrote.

Lt Supot this morning told The Phuket News, “There were four children in the pickup. They were not seriously injured.

“The driver was charged with drunk driving. He was 20 years old, but I cannot remember his name right now,” Lt Supot said, who answered the call while off-duty from his night shift.

Lt Supot urged people to not drink and drive, especially over the upcoming New Year holidays.

“Please don’t drink and drive. This pickup nearly hit me. I hope people realise how important this is. If you’re drunk, don’t drive any vehicle.” he said.

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

 

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MartinK | 22 December 2018 - 23:04:30

"He almost hit me". A car full of kids, hitting the officer is bad but nobody seems to car that he could have wiped out the kids plus the cop and yet he doesn't remember the persons name? It happens so many times a day that it's not exceptional that some drunk with 4 kids in his truck nearly runs him over?

Pascale | 22 December 2018 - 15:49:40

"...RTP doesn't work preventive.Meaning driving patrols on the roads" They were manning a checkpoint .Isn't that preventive? Or did someone not read the article well.And why are poster so obsessed with names on here.30 minutes after reading them they would have forgotten them already.

Pauly44 | 22 December 2018 - 06:52:32

They seem to be getting alzheimers these days as they can't seem to remember any Thai names! 

Kurt | 21 December 2018 - 11:34:20

So, driver not have a driving license with him, and drunk?  2 charges, not remember his name? Perhaps a thai VIP? This RTP Lt experienced how things happen when RTP doesn't work preventive. Meaning Driving patrols on the roads like in other countries and stop them while driving for a check. Hello, get out of you offices and next week tents. They never get it .Nothing change for the better.

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