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A 32 year old man was shot and severely wounded after crashing into police carsand firing shots at officers at a roadblock in Chon Buri. Anuphap ‘Namlai’ Maksap was sent to a local hospital with a police escort. Officers say they received a tip about someone carrying drugs.

40 year old Wanchalerm Boontam, who was driving the car, claims Namlai just called him to “hang out,” but when they drove toward a police checkpoint, Namali pointed a gun at him, demanding that he drive through and crash into the police cars.

“Namlai called me to pick him up, claiming he wanted to just hang out. We were blocked by police on the road at a checkpoint. Namlai ordered me to crash my vehicle into several police cars and run the checkpoint with his gun pointed at my head.”

Apparently, Namlai jumped into the driver seat, on top of Wanchalerm, and took control of the steering wheel, Wanchalerm says. Namlai jumped out of the car and started firing shots at police, he says.

Namlai was shot in the ribs and rushed to a local hospital. A doctor at the hospital later reported to police that 30 methamphetamine pills and a small amount of crystal methamphetamine was found in Namlai’s pants.

Chon Buri police chief Nitat Weanpradap told Pattaya News the police had set up a roadblock after receiving a tip that someone in the area was carrying drugs.

“Police asked the suspect’s car to stop but they refused and fought back, firing several shots at officers and attempting to run the roadblock and crash into police vehicles. Police were forced to open fire to take down the suspect.”

Wanchalerm was arrested and Namlai faces multiple criminal charges including attempted murder of a police officer.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Thai government urges people to work from home where possible

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The government is calling on all employers whose staff can work from home to implement such measures immediately, as new Covid-19 infections hit another record high. Yesterday, the Kingdom reported 1,767 new infections and 2 additional deaths, taking the death toll to 101. There are 28 patients on ventilators. According to a Bangkok Post report, Taweesilp Visanuyothin from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says recent data shows growing clusters of infection at work places.

One such cluster has been reported at a school in the central province of Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok. 32 people have tested positive after 2 foreign teachers returned from a trip to Phuket between April 2 and 4, where they frequented a number of nightlife venues. After they returned to Bangkok, they resumed work at the school. supervising exams between April 5 and 8. On April 8, they attended a party in the evening and tested positive for the virus the next day. 23 students have also tested positive, along with 4 of their relatives.

Other clusters include 23 infections at a private firm in Chon Buri and 8 at an electricity authority office in the north-eastern province of Udon Thani. Taweesilp says the rise in infections in work environments indicates the need for people to work from home where possible.

“This is the reason the CCSA is asking for your cooperation to step up work-from-home measures. Companies which have reported cluster infections, if you can allow your employees to work from home, please do so.”

He adds that the Health Ministry is addressing the long waitlist for hospital beds in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The head of the Department of Medical Services, Somsak Akksilp, is acting as coordinator between hospitals and those running field hospitals, such as the Thai army. Covid-19 patients still waiting to be admitted to hospital are urged to comply with disease prevention measures and self-isolate with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control echoes the call for home working measures to be implemented wherever possible following the long Songkran holiday. Tens of thousands of people travelled across the country over the course of the holiday, but Opas says if home working can be implemented and the public cooperates with disease prevention measures, new infections should drop over the next 2 weeks.

“We’re concerned about community transmission in schools and workplaces. The work-from-home policy is important as we expect people to return to work on Monday. Please avoid gatherings, sharing of items and eating together.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Teen crashes motorbike into parked car while looking at phone

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A teen girl has crashed and ended up trapped under her motorbike early yesterday morning after using her mobile phone while driving. The accident occurred around 3:30am on Jomtien Second Road in South Pattaya.

The 14 year old girl was driving home from what she described as a private engagement when she looked down to check her mobile phone. Distracted, she crashed into a parked car on the side of the road. When she crashed, the bike fell onto her leg, trapping her under it, pinned by the gear lever. Rescue workers and police were called when someone out for a late-night stroll came across the accident.

As the girl is a minor, her details were not released, but as she is below the Thai legal driving age, charges may be pressed against her parents. It was confirmed that the teen motorbike driver sustained moderate injuries in the crash. Rescue workers could not separate the bike from her injured leg without using special rescue equipment.

The girl remained calm and coherent throughout the whole ordeal, and true to teenage form, reportedly played on her mobile phone throughout the rescue effort. When her leg was freed from the motorbike crash, the teen was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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The search is over for a man missing for several days when his body was discovered yesterday at the bottom of a well this morning. Surachet Kaenchan, a 37 year old man, had been missing for 4 or 5 days. He was from the Moo 13 village of the Muang district of Nakhom Phanom, a district on the Laos border in northeastern Thailand. The man was said to have a mental disorder. A Muang police duty officer said that Surachet’s body was found at the bottom of the well and reported at about 9 am. The well is at the Wat Tha Nong Chan temple in the same Moo 13 village in tambon Tha Kho. Rescue units and police officers were dispatched to the scene to investigate.

The well is about 12 metres deep and 2 metres wide and a sickly smell was reported coming from it. On closer inspection, a body was seen floating at the bottom of the well 10 metres down in about 2 metres of water. A rescue team member descended into the well to retrieve the body, hauling it up with a rope.

The abbot of the temple has spoken to relatives of the deceased man, who informed the abbot about Surachet’s mental disorder. After being missing for several days, the search came to a tragic conclusion with the discovery of his body in the well, but police have opened an investigation now into the circumstances of his death. There was no physical harm on the retrieved body and no traces of any sort of attack.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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