Alleged drunk police officer threatens with gun after pickup truck accident on Pattaya Road

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In the early hours of this morning, a car accident in Pattaya took a disturbing twist as the driver of a pickup truck, reportedly claiming to be a police officer, threatened others with a firearm while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

A collision involving a Honda Sumer motorcycle and a black Toyota Revo pickup truck unfolded at the intersection of Map Yai Lia Road 31 at 3.46am. The motorcyclist, 31 year old Isara Waiyasilp, endured injuries and received initial first aid from bystanders before being transported to the hospital.

The situation took a menacing turn as the pickup truck driver, identified as 51 year old Phatcharin (family name withheld), purportedly exhibited signs of drunkenness and declined to accept responsibility for the accident. According to Isara, the driver, Phatcharin, collided with him, causing moderate injuries. Eyewitnesses alleged that Phatcharin turned hostile after the victim rejected a monetary settlement and insisted on involving the authorities.

Allegedly, Phatcharin argued with bystanders and purportedly brandished a gun while claiming to be a police officer, as reported by eyewitnesses Wipichai Anadapong and Chotika Phenglung, Isara’s girlfriend. Subsequently, they reported the incident to the Nong Prue Police Station, leading to Phatcharin’s arrest.

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A breathalyzer test revealed his blood alcohol level to be over 195 mg/dL, significantly surpassing the legal limit of 20 mg/dL. Authorities confiscated a gun from Phatcharin as evidence and are pursuing legal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, reported Pattaya News.

The authorities are currently working to verify Phatcharin’s alleged claim of being a police officer; however, no statement has been released at the time of the report.

In related news, a motorcycle accident in front of McDonald’s on Pattaya Central Road left two Thai teens and a foreigner with injuries on the night of January 25. The Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation dispatched a response team to the scene upon receiving a report of the accident.

An unconscious 14 year old Thai girl, sprawled on the road, was found at the site. First responders administered CPR and transferred the teenager to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital for medical attention.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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