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Attempted murder charge for hit-and-run Mitsubishi driver

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In a follow-up to a story previously reported in The Thaiger, police in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat are charging the driver of a Mitsubishi Mirage with attempted murder after he ran into a policeman, then sped off with the officer still clinging to the hood of his car. The officer held on for dear life as the speeding vehicle kept driving for 2 kilometres.

Police yesterday pressed charges against 29 year old Pongsakorn Nurueang, after he was arrested at his girlfriend’s parents’ home. He is also charged with reckless driving and obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty.

Attempted murder charge for hit-and-run Mitsubishi driver | News by Thaiger

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Pongsakorn allegedly drove off from a stop with officer Montri Nitichai sprawled across the hood of his Mitsubishi in Tha Sala district on Wednesday. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras and seen by many shocked witnesses.

Montri had approached the car after it bumped into the rear of his motorcycle, which was stopped at a traffic light.

The car then carried the policeman, allegedly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, for about two kilometres, before stopping suddenly, flinging him onto the ground.

Police say Pongsakorn denies trying to run the policeman down.

Pongsakorn says the bump his car gave Montri’s motorcycle happened as he bent down from the driver’s seat to pick up his fallen mobile phone, according to the Bangkok Post.

He then panicked because he had a bottle of illicit krathom beverage in his possession.

Police found Pongsakorn’s car parked in a mangosteen orchard at his girlfriend’s parents’ home when they traced and arrested him on Thursday.

SOURCES: Chiang Rai Times | Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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