Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Drunken Driver Bites Officers Fingers

Photo Courtesy of Khaosod

UDONTHANI – A drunken salesman was driving in Udonthani when police caught sight of his careening vehicle. The man refused to blow into a breathalyzer and instead bit the finger of the officer administering the test. The salesman then accelerated, sending his bronze Toyota pick-up through a police barrier.

When police caught up to him after a high-speed chase, they found he was highly intoxicated and lacking in coherence. He insisted that his bite was a ‘playful’ one and that he had not intended on causing harm. He was charged with three convictions: resistance to police inspection and assault against an officer, as well as drunk driving.

At 12.30 a.m. Police Captain, Chansak Thepwongsa, along with road traffic officers stationed in Udonthani, arrested Mr. Chatsak Ploycharoen, 36-years-old, at the front of Thongkam Soi.

Captain Chansak stated that while he was setting up a barricade for vehicle inspection, he spotted a pick-up truck heading towards him. The vehicle had been suspicious because it was swerving from side to take and took over two or three lanes on the road.

The police officers immediately stopped the vehicle and ordered the man to do a breathalyzer test. The man refused and bit officer Phanomporn’s left arm. Officer Pongpreeda went to assist him but was also bitten; the man tore the flesh off of his index and middle fingers.

The bites were bone deep and both officers were sent to hospital while police pursued the drunken salesman in a high speed chase. They caught him at the front of Soi Thongkam and arrested him.

After being interrogated, the finger biter said he was a salesman travelling the country making sales. On the night of the incident, he happened to be selling his products in Udonthani, and was driving back to his hotel after partying with friends. When he reached a roundabout and saw police barricades, he fled fearing that it would impact on his sales work. He further insisted the biting was ‘playful’ and his intention was merely to excite officers.

Courtesy of Khaosod

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak