Is hiding in a Bangkok canal for 2 hours punishment enough?
When: February 7th, 2021
Where: Din Daeng Road, Bangkok
Perpetrator: Mr. Pramote Sompongphan, 36
What: On February 7th, 2021, police in Bangkok arrested Mr. Pramote Sompongphan on charges of illegal gun possession, reckless driving, and failure to comply with an officer’s order.
The incident began when traffic police from the Din Daeng police station spotted a gray Chevy Sonic sedan driving towards Victory Monument. The Chevy was driving recklessly. When police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at speed.
Police chased after the Chevy on motorbike towards Victory Monument. The Chevy then turned down Phaya Thai Road, then onto Chaturathit, then to Ratchada Road, and finally to Rama IX intersection and back to Din Daeng Road, where the chase began. There was heavy traffic in this area of Bangkok at that time. Police radio’d in a call to turn all traffic lights red to stop all traffic.
This worked as the Chevy was now stuck in traffic. But the driver persisted. They were able to catch up with the Chevy, but the driver got away again by bumping into the cars in front and back of him and was able to wiggle his way out of traffic.
Police opened fire on the tires. The Chevy was able to get away down Soi Ratchaprasong. The driver then fled on foot. After two hours of searching for the suspect, they found Mr. Pramote in the Khlong Samsen 250 meters away from where he ditched his Chevy.
He was hiding in the canal and was exhausted from the chase. Police pulled him up from the canal and brought him to the police station for interrogation.
Mr. Pramote is a native of Rayong. He came to Bangkok to purchase some mechanic equipment. He smoked ice while in Bangkok and when he saw police, he got spooked and started to drive strange. This is what led to the chase. He was found with a .380 caliber gun, drug paraphernalia, and a BB gun.
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My take: Is hiding in a Bangkok khlong for 2 hours punishment enough?
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