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Phuket gun-toting driver apprehended

Phuket gun-toting driver apprehended

PHUKET: Phuket police apprehend a local car driver after he threatened another motorist during a road rage incident the day before (Mar 22).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 23 March 2019, 05:01PM

According to the police, Mr Manop’s handgun was just a BB-gun, not a firearm. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

According to the police, Mr Manop’s handgun was just a BB-gun, not a firearm. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

It took Phuket police only one day to track down and apprehend Manop Sangpal, the man who threatened another driver with what looked like a firearm during a road rage incident on Thepkrasattri Rd in Srisoonthorn, Phuket Police Chief Maj Gen Wisan Panmanee announced today.

Mr Manop made the headlines after the the driver who was on the receiving end of the threat recorded the incident with a dashcam and posted it on social media.

The video showed a maroon Ford sedan overtaking the poster's car near Wat Srisoonthorn before cutting in front of it and moving to the left lane while the driver flashed a gun outside of the window (read here).

“It will not be difficult to track the man down,” Col Thirawat Leamsuwan of Thalang Police said straight after the incident.


Mr Manop was arrested about noon today (Mar 23) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where the man lived with his Myanmar wife and one kid. The man's maroon Ford sedan was found nearby.

According to the police, Mr Manop's handgun was just a BB-gun, not a firearm.

It is yet to be confirmed what charges are to be pressed against the man.

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christysweet | 25 March 2019 - 15:26:15

What  happened with the taxi driver shooting at pigs with a .22 rifle? (2 years ago or so..) His services are needed on Bang Tao just South of Laguna. Real nasty squalor adjacent to kitchens. (Muslim Cemetery area.) Check it out.

Jor12 | 25 March 2019 - 14:43:17

Police should check the definition of Firearm under the Act. Laws apply equally for Thais as they are for foreigners, so it is strange how a farang would state that law enforcement would differ for Thais.

chris007 | 25 March 2019 - 04:00:40

All the bb guns sold on the island dont have revovling chambers or have bullets with them. At a similar incident at gracelands years ago the farang was jailed. Different law for the thais. Specifically the jj incident and the fake sawn off. farangs get jailed or have to pay big time. This is only a police PR exercise. Maybe a 500 baht fine. Anywhere else in the world it would be serious jail time.

Kurt | 24 March 2019 - 13:47:19

A BB-gun or a fire arm, that doesn't matter while threatening other road users. This guy is mental ill. Should not be allowed to have a driving license, and should be heavenly fined for threatening and endangering traffic.  This kind of people should not be on the road of a 'Smart City'.  And, wow, what a guard of honour standing around him.

whoops | 24 March 2019 - 11:37:23

He just bought the BB gun when he realized he was on camera!555

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