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Police chase ends with ditched truck, seriously injured man

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PHUKET: A man who sped through a police checkpoint early yesterday morning was seriously injured after crashing his pickup truck into a roadside ditch while trying to escape Phuket police officers.

Ekkapot Fungwittaya, 27, charged through the checkpoint, near the Thalang Health Center on Baan Reang Road in Thalang, just after midnight.

Thalang Police gave pursuit, chasing him as he turned left onto Thepkrasattri Road northbound. Mr Ekkapot then made a sharp left onto Thepkrasattri-Nai Yang Road, said Lt Col Prakob Boonkwan of Tah Chat Chai Police.

“After several kilometers of pursuit, Mr Ekkapot made a sharp left and crashed into a ditch near the Sakoo Health Center, south of the airport,”said Col Prakob.

“He hurt his back in the crash and could not flee the scene. He was rescued from the truck and taken immediately to Thalang Hospital and has since been transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital for recovery.”

Rescue workers spent 30 minutes retrieving the truck out of the ditch.

“Officers searched the car and did not find anything illegal. We believe he might have thrown something out of the truck during the pursuit,” Col Prakob said.

Lt Preecha Rakjan of Thalang Police confirmed that Mr Ekkapot was charged with evading a police checkpoint.

“We cannot press charges for any other offense we suspect him of without physical evidence,” LtPreecha said.

— Thawit Bilabdullar



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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