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Phuket Town police chase wipeout lands officer in hospital, Myanmar man with kratom charge

Phuket Town police chase wipeout lands officer in hospital, Myanmar man with kratom charge

PHUKET: A 30-year-old Myanmar construction worker has been charged with possession of kratom after he refused to stop for a police patrol, leading to a chase in Phuket Town this morning (Feb 12) that saw both himself and the police officers in pursuit wipe out.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 12 February 2021, 05:39PM

One of the officers involved in the pursuit has sustained serious injuries, report police.

Phuket Town Police Station notified Kusoldharm rescue workers of the accident, at the Tha Kraeng Intersection on the south side of Phuket Town, at 7am.

At the scene rescue workers and ambulance medical personnel found the Myanmar man – later named by police in Thai as “Mr Pieow Go”, age 33, a Myanmar construction worker registered as living in Phuket Town – with scrapes on the face, right hand and both knees.

Of the two patrol policemen, Officer Dechaphol Buaphut suffered only minor injuries, but Sub Lt Thapakorn Chuchan sustained serious injuries to his mouth.

Both police officers and Mr Pieow Go were taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Phuket City Police explained that the two officers were on patrol when they ordered Mr Pieow Go to pull over. He did not.

Police gave pursuit until they reached the Tha Khang Intersection, near Sanaam Luang (or King’s Park) on the south side of town, where both the Myanmar man and the police officers in pursuit fell from their motorbikes.

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Officers then found Mr Pieow Go was carrying 50 kratom leaves with him at the time of the accident.

Police have confirmed Mr Pieow Go has been charged with possession of kratom leaves.

Police have yet to confirm whether he will face any additional charges.

Mr Pieow Go’s antics and arrest comes as the Thai government moves to decriminalise kratom in its natural state.

An amendment bill removing kratom from the narcotics list cruised through the final stages in the House of Representatives on Jan 27, taking it one step closer to legalisation.

MPs voted 319-7 in the second and third readings to pass the bill, which will now go to the Senate for final approval. It will become law 90 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette.

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Kurt | 14 February 2021 - 11:44:20

Great story, and funny, and that all for just 50 kratom leaves. 2 policemen on a small motorbike at chase. Hahaha. Quite silly to make yourself 'chase wounded' for  a few leaves. Get the law enforcement priorities mind set straight, seen the fast developing process to legalize kratom soon. Until than, tolerate it. RTP should use energy on real road crimes, save lives.

Galong | 14 February 2021 - 08:46:03

Correction: high-speed chases. I know they're allowed to follow and stop criminals.

Galong | 14 February 2021 - 08:40:59

I thought that the police weren't allowed to chase bad guys.  The reason I heard was because of this very thing: causing accidents and endangering others.


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