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KAMALA: An American fighter pilot who later told police he was bored of flying jets, “borrowed” a tuk-tuk in the early hours of May 22. His high-speed flying skills did not get him far, however; he crashed the tuk-tuk into a ditch and landed in a punch-up with the vehicle’s owner. Pol Capt Komdej Pohthong of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that the pilot, whom he named as Patrick Kevin White, 30, was arrested for stealing the tuk-tuk but was released later after agreeing to pay the owner, Saneh Wattanaporn, for the damage he had done to the vehicle. “Both sides came to a compromise, whereby the farang agreed to pay for the damage,” said Capt Komdej. He said that White jumped into the tuk-tuk at 118/13 Moo 3, Tambon Kamala, and started driving toward Phuket FantaSea. K. Saneh jumped on a motorcycle and followed, only to find Mr White and the tuk-tuk in a ditch about 500 meters away. The two traded punches before White ran away. He was captured soon afterward by FantaSea security guards. White was taken to Patong Hospital where he received six stitches in his scalp and six more in his left shin. He also had numerous bruises from the fight and subsequent capture. Later, while being questioned by police, White produced an ID card showing him to be a US fighter pilot. He said that he had recently taken part in a military exercise in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. When asked why he took the tuk-tuk, White told police that he did not mean to steal it. Police say he admitted that he was drunk and thought it would be fun trying to drive a tuk-tuk, as he was “a bit tired of fighter jets”.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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