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Foreign driver detained following alleged road rage incident in Pattaya

Maya Taylor



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A foreign national has been detained in Pattaya, accused of reckless driving and road rage that caused significant damage to other vehicles. According to the Pattaya News, the incident occurred on Saturday night, when a black vehicle was seen bumping into and dragging 2 other vehicles along a road in the Banglamung district.

Witnesses alerted the police, who arrived on the scene and found a black car in the middle of the road, with a motorbike nearby. Both vehicles had sustained severe damage. A 50 year old unnamed man was lying injured on the footpath, having been detained by residents. It’s understood he was the driver of the black car.

The Pattaya News reports a witness as saying he heard a loud cracking noise and the sound of something being dragged along the road and ran into the street to see what was causing it. The witness reports seeing a black car dragging a damaged motorbike for a distance of around 800 metres, while other drivers gave chase. A number of local residents managed to block the black car’s path and forced the driver to stop.

The driver then attempted to flee on foot but was caught by residents and physically restrained until the police arrived on the scene. The foreigner sustained a number of facial injuries in a subsequent altercation. Police also discovered a black pick-up truck that had been damaged after being hit by the black car driven by the foreign man, whose nationality has not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, the owner of the damaged motorbike says she had just parked her bike to go shopping with her daughter when the black vehicle drove into it and dragged it along the street.

The foreign driver was taken to hospital for medical treatment under police escort. Officers say they will be examining CCTV footage of the area as part of their investigation. Police say the driver will be charged with reckless driving and multiple other charges.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Start packing your bags – Dumb-ass.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Maybe he was running late for his 90 day renew.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Great journalism spirit, no national mentioned.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Lacking a bit of detail in this report. A foreign national is vague to say the least and was drink driving considered or did he just decide to start hitting vehicles while out for a drive ? either way its nice to see the locals dealt out some summary justice while detaining him

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    What is the fact he was a foreigner got to do with this story? Irrelevant. The report says “residents or local residents” how do we know this man isn’t also a “resident”. But let’s single out the bad guy foreigner. How do we know some of the people who gave chase weren’t also foreigners from Myanmar or Cambodia? We don’t of course, but we know the culprit was a westerner so let’s label him a foreigner. Pathetic

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    The man is obviously innocent – he has no tattoos.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Clear case of road rage? What did a parked motorbike do to make him so angry? Maybe next time they should check his medical condition before beating him up.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I don’t know why anyone would suffer road rage driving in Thailand. Everyone is so courteous. They leave gaps at junctions so traffic can flow. They adhere to traffic laws keeping their safe distance and giving priority to other road users. They will allow people out of side roads in order to keep traffic flowing. Vehicles are well maintained and lights are used correctly. Indication and Lane control is impeccable. What on Earth is there to get angry about??

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    Albert DeSalvo

    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Impressive seeing a female cop in Pattaya.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    @Nigel – are you referring to the right country Nigel?

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    @Julia. Well said.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    @Toby Andrew’s. Sorry it was a typo which my phone corrected. I did of course mean Iceland, not Thailand 😉

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    For Thailand read the exact opposite 😂😂

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    Simon Small

    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    @Nigel, you seem to have finally lost the few marbles you might have had.

    “What is the fact he was a foreigner got to do with this story? ”

    Ummm … because that’s what he was and all that’s known about him: a 50 year old, unnamed, unidentified, foreign man.

    Why the problem with his being identified as “foreign”, but not with giving his age or gender?

    Or with saying the car was “black”?

    “The report says “residents or local residents” ”

    No it doesn’t!

    It says “residents” or “local residents”.

    “… how do we know this man isn’t also a “resident”.”

    We don’t! But if he was known to be the report would probably say so and you could object to that too.

    “But let’s single out the bad guy foreigner.”

    Yes, let’s, why not? After all, that’s what he is!

    “How do we know some of the people who gave chase weren’t also foreigners from Myanmar or Cambodia? We don’t of course,”

    Correct, “we don’t of course” which is probably why they were described as “residents” and “local residents”, not “locals”, “Thais”, “tourists” or “aliens”.

    “… we know the culprit was a westerner so let’s label him a foreigner.”

    Ummm … well … if he was a “westerner” he WAS a “foreigner”!

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I’ll keep banging the racist drum @Simon Small and you keep trying to knock me back. It has nothing to do with it whatsoever if Thailand was not a xenophobic and racist country. Such attitudes obviously sit well with your low moral standards. Good luck to you as I’m sure it’s mainly a generational thing that people like you can’t see the problem.

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    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    As an expat in Thailand, let me chime in.
    I have lived in Thailand for 3 years now, and can safely say so many comments are so wrong in so many levels, reading this is disservice to anyone with half a brain who happens to stumble upon most of this regurgitated BS passing for a comment section.
    The first mistake westerners make when leaving their home country is this: They bring their hubris and sense of entitlement with them as opposed to first educating themselves on the nuances of the culture they are aiming to be integrated into. Notice I said integrated into not modifying to serve their selfish needs. They don’t care to learn even the basics of the language, a severe handicap when trying to communicate essential thoughts and perform mission critical tasks (like READING ROAD SIGNS WHILE DRIVING) that will certainly be needed in order to make the transition between the known parameters of one’s life and the new life they contemplate. Cultural traits are not portable or scalable to fit a western model ingrained over a lifetime, least of all when you come from a fierce cut-throat environment to a cooperative and gentler society such as the ones prevailing in SE Asia. The values which govern the life of a Farang from the Midwestern US or central England have absolutely no correlation to values and belief systems you are about to encounter and most daily routines carried on by a Thai native will surprise and even shock the garden variety Farang almost on an hourly basis.
    The principal motive of anyone fleeing their homeland these days is financial relief, given that in western countries the division of wealth is eating away at the pockets of anyone making less than 1M/year (let me use USD as a goalpost here). Beginning with Reagan and Thatcher, the architects of the “there is no other solution” doctrine and culminating with the two buffoons loving each other across the pond – Insert whoever is running the shit shows in the US and Europe at any given time – the dismantling of the middle class is almost complete and there is a mass exodus of retirees seeking to protect whatever is left of their meager pensions and social safety nets they thought they worked their entire lives to build. Too old to begin again, afraid of ending up in a nursing home with their bowel movements managed through a tube and neglected by their government many risked their lives for and their own offspring, they seek refuge in third world countries where at least their purchasing power is far greater than back home and they are not looked at as a burden to their families or to society at large. Most Farang I met in Thailand fit into one of two categories:
    A) They are here to get a second chance in life and love; after fifty you are basically un-datable in the west as opposed to SE Asia where it is not uncommon to see Farang with barely legal girls old enough to be their granddaughters. Come on, dude. What red blooded male would turn down a fresh young Asian woman after being rejected a million times by the fat half crazed white cows in rural Iowa? Yes, they suffer the same blindness as 90% of the Farang by confusing family responsibility and tolerance with love. They don’t understand the value system of a girl who grew up in a rice field with mud up to her tight little ass and flat feet from walking barefoot since infancy or with the traditional sandals strapped to her feet up until she was 14 and got her first real pair of shoes. They never care to delve a little deeper and get to know Thai society dynamics with its lack of social safety nets for its elders, thus forcing the young generation to care for family members until they die, that care coming at the cost of bodies minds and souls and in extreme cases the lives of said young. Then they get their panties in a bunch when the money monster rears its head. Love to a Thai girl is intrinsically attached to your current financial state. The more you have, the more they “love you”. And if your money runs out, no amount of love is going to save whatever relationship you thought you built. No money…No honey. Old Farangs with their pink glasses on, trapped into the “lovebox” will never see through the self made fog they created at the first bar they happen to stumble in and someone called him “darling” unawares that his fate was sealed after the third Chang with ice. Ever notices the number of old men humping to their deaths from balconies in Pattaya, Patong and Bangkok? On Hmmmm…One wonders why that is. On that note, there is a great book on such foreign machinations called “A killing Smile” by Christopher G. Moore. Worth a read
    B) They are here to exploit the land, its people and its resources not unlike their ancestors have done for generations and continue to do to this day across the globe. Thailand is looked at as a backwards bordering on primitive society by most Farang and they are not afraid to express this while trying to bend the will of the locals to fit a Farang version of what the host country should look like. When things don’t go their way they lash out at the systems in place as if they were somehow wronged and in need of immediate reparation, disregarding millennia of set rules and behavior patterns that have absolutely nothing to do with western culture. They look down on the Thai and even though they often do not say it out loud, the contempt is palpable. Very few will really try to assimilate the customs. Very few will try to help make things better for the locals and or themselves. The aforementioned hubris and sense of entitlement will kick into overdrive whenever they feel wronged and justly or not there will be a bone to pick. Many older Farang enter Thailand without medical insurance knowing very well the risk they are taking by being away from their native countries established and outrageously expensive health care systems. If anything should happen, the Thai government is expected to pick up the tab and I have heard many complaints about the inexpediency of services at local Government run hospitals where the care is orders of magnitude faster and cheaper than anywhere else in the west. I could make a list a mile long of all the things Farangs bitch about in Thailand, from the horrible traffic to the cluster at immigration. No one bothers to obtain an international driver permit before coming to Thailand then bitch about getting a ticket at a road checkpoint. Some Farangs I met here had never driven a two wheeled vehicle in their lives, yet they will nonchalantly rent a scooter in Patong and expect everyone to tolerate their idiotic driving. They will drink themselves to stupor, hop on that same two wheeler and then bitch if they get pulled over and shaken down for 5000 baht; a mere fraction of what it would have cost them in their homeland. California DUI fines range from $390 to $5,000 plus penalty assessments & fees that can raise the total cost to $18,000, depending on your DUI charge. 5000 baht at the current exchange rate is about 150 bucks. A pittance compared to the figures above. And they still bitch. Thai drivers are one of the most situation aware drivers anywhere, but to a Farang they just won’t respect the “signs”, as if signage was the cure all like they were lied to since the day they got their driver’s permit back in their shithole countries. Time ad movement is like a well choreographed ballet anywhere you drive in SE Asia, yet the Farang will again try to bend the local customs and way of life to his or her rigid view of the world. As per M. Thatcher“: “There is no other solution”
    So, in conclusion, if you are a Farang in Thailand, try to educate yourself and become integrated into this wonderful, less than perfect society. Don’t try shoving your screwed up lifestyle complete with rage and pent-up anger onto the locals. And stop bashing Thailand. It is a good place to retire. The people are gentle and accommodating. But there needs to be reciprocity. And most important: If you don’t like it, I am sure the Thai, or those of us who have made this our last home filled with happy smiles will not miss your sorry ass. This is Thailand; you are not in Kansas anymore Toto!

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    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12:29 am

    @ktb: are you chinese? in any case, you show quite a lot of frustration and low self-confidence. anyone who does not behave in traffic must be held responsible. but I also understand very well the sarcastic way of some here to make it clear that the antisocial and dangerous behavior in traffic is very common. And usually not by the lets say farang.

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Sorry @Simon small, but I have to agree with @Nigels comments regarding the fixation with calling out foreigners. Of course the color of the car is mentioned etc. However, the constant fixation with highlighting people are not Thai is crazy. These are people we are talking about, not cars. How do you know this guy is a foreigner anyway? In a previous article you gave some long assed comment about people being treated equally based on nationality and not race. So how do we know that this guy is not a Thai National? Is it because he looks a foreigner? That’s racist you see. So keep going @Nigel. It’s a long road to convince some people.

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    Richie - USA

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 5:14 am

    Bad ice cube. I’ve been there.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:40 am

    @Fernando – I’m impressed. Three years in Thailand and you know it all. But you are wrong.
    Simon Small knows it all. Isn’t that right Simon?
    Simon Small is such an expert on Thailand he can order a Thai dog around in Thai?
    And so Fernando do not bother regaling us with your intellect, we have an Isaan intellect, who can order a dog around in Thai, an intellect until he has had two big Changs, and then he becomes an Isaan idiot.

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    Terry Chandler

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:48 am

    @Fernando – Love the analogy lol. I have told many a young bloke going from Australia to Thailand to first read a book called ” Private Dancer ” by Stephen Leather. It details many of the things Bar Girls tell them, what they do etc. Yet still, many fall into the trap and it costs them big time. I have a friend, whom I told, ” Don’t fall in Love ” his first trip to Thailand, he does his nuts before he even gets there lol. And what did he do? First woman he met, he fell in love. He’s not tall dark and hansome, more like a 5 foot skinny rat, a great bloke, brilliant diesel mechanic, but easily led astray. Last I heard, he’d sold his 3 properties to buy her a block of units and shops, and she ditched him not long after, leaving him stone broke. I’ve been with my girl from Isaan for over 10 years, she has been the best thing that ever happened for me. Soon we build and hope to be moved in by this time next year. Love Thailand, the people, the culture, the history and customs. The language is a struggle, but I’m getting there lol. And yes, I am 20 years older than her, I’m 60.

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    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    @Fernando – a expat just living 3 years in Thailand wants to explain other expats who live and support Thaifamilies 30 to 40 years and already pay the schools for the grandchildrens about Thailand! These expats build up companies and paid taxes and sallaries. You are greenhorn and thinks you know it better than them and want to teach all the expats how bad they are. It is the same nonsense like the tourists who are coming and want to explain them how to behave, about Thais and the bad Westerners. You are choking to think after 3 years you know it better!

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    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    @Fernando – it is pure nonsense and garbage what are you writing. I came in the early 90s by a international company to south east asia and you think after 3 years you can explain the expats how to live in Thailand/ South east Asia or anything about south east asia. As I can read in your comments you have no experience about south east asia or deeper knowledge to understand it clearly. Write something in 10 years again and I think you will write something complete different and more on the ground of the reality and a better understanding about the culture and circumstances in south east asia.

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    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Nice rant Fernando, but as someone who never visited any bars or used prostitutes, drinks little, lives among the elevated upper middle class with a hefty income and at less than 50 years, I think your point of view is too narrow. It’s the point of view of the tattooed low-class white garbage, which I do not mingle with. Having been 8 years in LOS, I would not yet rant to tell everyone how I know all about Thailand (I don’t, I know the better part of the society only.) But many of your assessments are correct. You can even find True Love here although not easy to find in the seedy bars. After all, women are all the same in every country, looking for security.

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    Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:27 am

    @Fernando – That was a good piece of writing! You should clean it up and post it on Medium or somewhere.

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    Name 1

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    @Fernando – The first mistake westerners make when leaving their home country is this: They bring their hubris and sense of entitlement with them as opposed to first educating themselves on the nuances of the culture they are aiming to be integrated into. They don’t care to learn even the basics of the language, a severe handicap when trying to communicate essential thoughts and perform mission critical tasks (like READING ROAD SIGNS WHILE DRIVING) that will certainly be needed in order to make the transition between the known parameters of one’s life and the new life they contemplate.

    Are you serious? Look how many people around who cannot read and write. Do you know that among teenagers the illiteracy rate is 20-30%? How do you think they get their driver’s license if they have to take the test on a computer and read the questions on the exam tickets? Take off your fcuking pink glasses. Thailand is the country with one of the highest rates of road deaths. Who are you telling now that foreigners can’t read road signs? Are you a drug addict?

    Come on, tell us that foreigners are to blame for road accidents. We already heard this from the local media before the borders were closed. You will be another goof who walks down the street with your eyes closed and sees nothing around you.

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    Dave the wave

    Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Nice to know if you are in a car accident in Thailand a bunch of local bigots will beat you up.
    So running away is perfectly logical.

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    Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 10:55 am

    @Nigel – nowhere near as pathetic as your ridiculous reply !

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    Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 10:56 am

    @Nigel – your anti Thai rhetoric is getting boring now, take a day off

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    Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 10:58 am

    @Nigel – @Nigel – yawnnnnnn

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    Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 11:09 am

    @Dave the wave – were you there ? He dragged a bike EIGHT HUNDRED yards down the road. Clearly an idiot who deserved a good hiding !

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