Police officer in northern Thailand arrested for assaulting restaurant staff, damaging property

An off-duty police officer was caught on CCTV cameras assaulting a man in the northern province of Lamphun and then going back after the fight to damage a car. Reports in Thai media say the officer refused to leave the restaurant after a night of drinking and also sexually assaulted a female staff.

The officer works under the Crowds Control Division in Bangkok, according to the commander of Lamphun Provincial Police Station. The officer is from Lamphun and he was in the province on holiday. The commander told Thai media that the case has been reported to the suspect’s division and senior manager. Thai media made a note that the suspect is from the same division as the officer who ran his Ducati motorcycle into an eye doctor walking on a crosswalk in Bangkok, killing her.

Yesterday, officers from Lumphun Provincial Police Station got a report from a restaurant owner that the drunk police officer attacked restaurant staff and destroyed various items in the restaurant. One staff member at the restaurant said the officer drank alcohol until the restaurant closed and then refused to get out. Reports say he also sexually assaulted a female staff member. After being warned by the restaurant staff to leave, the officer allegedly started fighting with the staff.

The officer reportedly went back to the restaurant at around 5am and smashed a long object on a car. Reports say he also used a stone to damage windows, toilets, the kitchen, and other things on the property.

SOURCE: Khaosod

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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.