It was more than a bit unusual when Chonburi’s governor accompanied Pattaya police last week to make an arrest. But Alongkorn Saewang was not your usual suspect.
A Frenchman slit the throat and poisoned his 2-year-old son before injecting himself with the same tranquilizer once used for prison executions in the United States.
About 20 young drivers of loud, modified pickup trucks were fined for causing a public disturbance in Jomtien Beach, but police seeking illegal drugs came up empty.
During a June 26 meeting with all of Region 2’s local police commanders, Pol. Gen. Wuthi Liptapanlop ordered a renewed crackdown to solve Pattaya’s worsening traffic by arresting bus drivers parking in restricted areas and freeing up traffic lanes.
Pattaya police arrested a Kanchanaburi man on narcotics charges after he ran a checkpoint in South Pattaya.
Wirat Phophon, 31, was captured after a 4 a.m. police pursuit that led officers from Soi Kophai and up Sukhumvit Road June 28. Officers found 2 ten-gram packs of “ice” and 20 ya ba pills hidden under the bumper of his Toyota pickup.
Police said Virat confessed to having the drugs for personal use. However, officers found a bank book with a balance of 100,000 baht and believe he is a dealer.
Pattaya police arrested Wirat Phophon for possession of illicit drugs.
A drunk Thai woman was arrested for allegedly injuring two motorbike riders in a hit-and-run accident despite a confession from an Indian friend.
Ruethairat Nuithawi, 32, was taken into custody following a 4 a.m. police chase through South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach that ended when she turned into a dead-end street in Pacific Village.
Witnesses said it was actually Ruethairat Nuithawi who was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
Passenger Bajit Singh, 27, told police he was driving the Suzuki Swift, but the two men injured in the accident identified the Pathumthani woman as the driver.
The incident began at the intersection of Second Road and Soi Marine Plaza, when Ruethairat allegedly hit a blue Sumo-X motorbike driven by Chuchart Thipsungnern, 24. He suffered a broken arm and a passenger also was injured. Both were taken to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.
An American man suffered knife wounds after being slashed by a “jealous” Thai man in Pattaya.
Stephen Bazell Lapides, 47, suffered serious cuts to his arms in the July 5 incident near the Wanphen Apartments behind Lued Moo Sri-Pattaya restaurant.
Lapides refused to open the door for police for 30 minutes, thinking they were more attackers. Police said he eventually explained he’d just returned from Udon Thani, where he owns a home. When he arrived in Pattaya, a Thai man began calling him names and harassing him.
Lapides believed the man was jealous and came at him with a knife. The American took refuge in an unnumbered room in the small soi.
Pattaya Police Chief Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong has ordered taxi drivers in Jomtien to stop using the Dongtan police kiosk as a taxi stand.
The AIA Company recently donated a covered police box to keep officers shaded while on duty. However, local taxi drivers have taken over the kiosk and turned it into a waiting and storage area.
One man died when a family-business dispute turned to gunfire at Bali Hai Pier.
Wijarn Suwanpodog, 39, died en route to Pattaya Memorial Hospital June 18 after suffering a single 9mm shot to the chest.
On the run for 18 months, the former owner of a Samae San brothel was arrested after he got bored and returned to the scene of his alleged crime.
Anucha Sroianusorn, 50, was apprehended by Chonburi Immigration Police June 18 while walking in front of the Samae San Guesthouse in Sattahip District. He was charged with trafficking illegal aliens into prostitution, providing aliens with illegal residences and pimping.
Anucha Sroianusorn (seated) has been arrested and charged with human trafficking.
Anucha had been wanted on an arrest warrant issued Jan. 13, 2013, but had fled to Chantaburi Province, police said.
However, Anucha told police, out of sheer boredom, he’d returned to Samae San for both personal and business purposes. He was spotted and captured quickly thereafter.