Thai passengers seek help from drug-addicted minibus driver

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Minibus passengers today sought help from Nakhon Pathom Highway Police after the drug-addicted driver drove dangerously on a trip from the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan to Bangkok.

Officers from Nakhon Pathom Highway Police Station today, July 3, were alerted that the Bangkok-Prachuap Khiri Khan minibus driver was driving at a very high speed, and the vehicle was swerving dangerously throughout the journey. The passengers believed that the driver must be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police managed to stop the minibus on Rama II Road in Samut Songkhram, which heads towards Bangkok. Officers asked the driver, later identified as Weeradit, to exit the vehicle for questioning. Seven passengers were on board.

According to police, Weeradit gave nonsensical answers and smiled and laughed throughout the questioning.

Police then searched the minibus and discovered crystal methamphetamine in a plastic bag along with drug tools. Officers conducted a drug test on Weeradit and the result was positive.

Weeradit confessed that he took crystal meth before starting his shift. He worked under the influence of the drug, transporting passengers from Prachuap Khiri Khan to Bangkok.

In related news, a drug-addicted delivery driver was arrested on June 25 after he sexually assaulted a woman while on duty at a motorcycle showroom in the Isaan province of Udon Thani.

The driver reportedly approached the victim from behind and groped her breasts. A drug test showed that he had methamphetamine, also known as Yaba, in his system.

In February, a drug-addicted Thai man crashed his pickup in the southern province of Songkhla, killing two students and injuring 13 others. The two deceased were students from a primary school near the scene. They and their classmates were attending a Boy Scout activity on a roadside pavilion when the accident occurred.

The driver initially fled the scene after the accident but later turned himself in at Sadao Police Station on the same day.

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