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Police say Bang Tao checkpoint runner has ‘mental illness’

Police say Bang Tao checkpoint runner has ‘mental illness’

PHUKET: Police say that a woman who rode through the checkpoint in front of the Tesco Lotus store on Srisoonthorn Rd in Cherng Talay earlier today (Apr 24), heading towards Bang Tao – currently the area with the highest concentration of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the island – is suffering from a ‘mental illness’.

By Khunanya Wanchanwet

Friday 24 April 2020, 09:13PM

The woman rode through the checkpoint in the oncoming lane. Screengrab: Supplied

The woman rode through the checkpoint in the oncoming lane. Screengrab: Supplied

The woman rode a motorbike through the checkpoint earlier today. Instead of stopping to be screened for possible infection of the virus, she drove into the lane of oncoming traffic approaching the checkpoint from the opposite direction.

She stopped halfway through and spoke very quickly. The only words clearly decipherable were, “I don’t care about Prayut Chan-o-cha.” Shen then rode off, ignoring officials pleas for her to stop, and ignoring officers shouting out, “Where are you going?”

The entire episode was recorded on video by an officer at the checkpoint.

Lt Col Thunturong Vutthiwong of the Cherng Talay Police told The Phuket News that he was informed of the incident at about midday.

Police began tracking down the woman, with their investigation leading officers to a house in Bang Tao, Lt Col Thunturong said.

The woman, who Lt Col Thunturong declined to name, was not at the home, but her younger brother was.

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“He confirmed that the woman [in the video] is his older sister, but he said he did not know where he was. He tried, but was unable to contact her,” Lt Col Thunturong said.

“Further inquiries led officers to learn that the woman has a mental illness,” Lt Col Thunturong added.

“We told the family that if she does come home, tell her she needs to call Cherng Talay Police Station,” he said.

At this stage his officers have yet to decide whether they want the woman to come to the police station or meet officials elsewhere “because if she is infected sick, she may spread the virus to the officers at the police station,” he added.

As for any charges the woman might face, Lt Col Thunturong said, “We must consider which charges she must face, and we must take her mental illness into consideration.”

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LALALA | 27 April 2020 - 12:21:56

DEK, maybe you stop smoking pot ?

Kurt | 27 April 2020 - 09:40:59

Mr HubertK, my last comment here was less mend about that mental ill lady ( which has not been confirmed, and I don't believe it, is just a face saving excuse) but more about the incompetence and absence of being able  empathizing of the 8-10 officials at every barrier. ( remember mr Pascale with his dying cat ?). We red in PN just 2 incidents, but sure there are many more.

DeKaaskopp | 27 April 2020 - 00:01:03

@lalala   I feel with you ! Poor soul.

LALALA | 26 April 2020 - 14:03:33

Hubert K... the problems here in this country is that this kind of 'small' incidents are happening 24hours a day, multiple times every second... this is Thai mentality, same as if the person was a foreigner he or she would have been traced down and prosecuted already.... This is also Thai mentality.

HubertK | 26 April 2020 - 13:44:52

Mr.Kurt, please stop making a drama out of a small incident. Try to  concentrate on other aspects of life.

Kurt | 26 April 2020 - 11:03:50

The way a mental ill woman can ghost riding ignore a Tambon road block is saying something about the 10 tent sitting road block officials, perhaps it was their free food provided lunch time, who were to lazy to run after her and stop her. The Tambon road blocks are mend for blocking, yes? Specially in the most infected areas of Phuket.

JohnC | 26 April 2020 - 08:55:14

You don't have to have a mental illness to not care about what the PM thinks or says. Same in most countries, except America where their leader has the mental illness.

Christy Sweet | 25 April 2020 - 11:54:37

If a foreigner did this, she'd be chased down and arrested on the spot. This woman flouts the law- on video no less, is from a cluster community and a public danger,  yet goes on her merry way. 

Kurt | 25 April 2020 - 11:18:54

Ghost riding, no helmet, mental illness. This woman is a danger on the road. Wonder if she even has a driving license. Should be taken permanent off the road + perhaps some mental medical care?

Fascinated | 24 April 2020 - 22:55:29

Nice of her to take time out from commenting on here, 555.


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