Famous TiKTok star arrested for dangerous hitchhiking

A famous TikTok star was arrested today after putting his life at risk dodging in and out of moving cars as he hitchhiked on the Ang Thong-Sing Buri Road in the central province of Ang Thong.

Aun is a local celebrity due to his widely shared funny videos on social media but despite his fame, he has struggled with mental health issues and received treatment at Srithanya Hospital in Bangkok.

The video of his dangerous hitchhiking antics was posted on a TikTok account, @sinchai_2538. In the video, Aun is seen running in the middle of the road trying to stop cars and motorcycles and asking for a ride. The TikTok celebrity would then jump onto the vehicles if passing motorists agreed to give him a ride. Watch the video here.

The video sparked mixed reactions from Thailand netizens, some found it funny while others were concerned for his safety and the safety of the motorists.

The man who posted the video on TikTok reported seeing Aun hitchhiking to the Ang Thong Market every day for the past four months.

Today, however, the police were on hand to arrest Aun before he set off on his daily hitchhiking rounds. During questioning, Aun claimed he was dared to embark on his high-jinks antics because he knew the drivers.

According to the police report, Aun had some drugs in his system, although his mother told the police it might be his mental health medicine.

The police have not yet filed any charges against Aun. He will undergo further tests at the hospital to discover what types of drugs are in his system.

Officers revealed that they will be contacting the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in Thailand to see if they can help and provide further treatment for his mental illness.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.