RIP to the officer.
When: January 18th, 2021
Where: Ban Wa subdistrict, Khon Kaen province
Perpetrator: Mr. Athit Suphan; Mr. Wuittichai
Victim: Police Lieutenant Colonel Wiratchai Nomrawee
What: On January 18th, 2021, police in Khon Kaen intercepted a car transporting drugs. The car, driven by Mr. Athit Suphan, crashed into one of the police cars before escaping.
The officers had been tipped off that a drug shipment would be going from Nakhon Phanom into Thailand through Khon Kaen. They spotted the car, a white Mistubishi Pajero, and attempted to pull it over, along with a black Isuzu truck.
The officers in Khon Kaen chased the vehicles down a dirt road in the Ban Wa subdistrict of Khon Kaen. The Mitsubishi then crashed into the police vehicle at high speed. Police Lieutenant Colonel Wiratchai was seriously injured in the crash and taken to Khon Kaen Ram Hospital.
Another set of officers chased down the drivers. They found them eventually in Maha Sarakham province. Officer Wiratchai died later at the hospital from his injuries.
Officer Wiratchai was said to be an officer who performed his duties with honor and strength. He was generous and cared about his fellow officers. His family will receive a grant and his child will be granted the right to serve as an officer, according to the report.
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My take: RIP to the fallen officer.
We all may have different opinions about the legality of drugs, either in our home country or in Thailand. This officer was doing his job and by all accounts was an honorable man.
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