Seventeen Chinese tourists were injured May 10 when their tour bus flipped during heavy rain in Pong Sub-district.
The TWB Co. coach skid off an access road on Highway 36, coming to rest on its side. Seventeen Chinese tourists were hurt along with the Thai driver. None of the injuries were serious. All were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
A sleepy Pattaya policeman and his wife were injured when he dozed off behind the wheel and crashed his truck into two other vehicles.
Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Kittisak Yokanitch, a squad leader at Pattaya Police Station, and his unidentified wife suffered minor injuries and were taken to Banglamung Hospital.
Singha Meunchamnan, 29, driver of an Isuzu Dmax, and Pantawat Homdokploy, 32, driving a separate Dmax, were hit by Kittisak’s Toyota Vigo, but escaped uninjured.
Police said Kittisak fell asleep, hit Singha’s pickup, and skidded into another lane where he hit Pantawat’s truck, then flipped.
Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Kittisak Yokanitch and his wife suffered minor injuries when he dozed off behind the wheel and crashed his pickup into two other vehicles.
Police are hunting down two men masquerading as police volunteers who illegally detained and robbed a pair of bar workers.
Male go-go bar worker Pornsak Yuyeuan, 26, and his girlfriend, beer bar employee Nittaya Thermyouta, 23, filed a complaint with police May 12.
Pornsak said he was driving his motorbike in South Pattaya around 5 a.m. that day when a youth he described as a smartly dressed teenager with a walkie-talkie tried to pull him over.
Pornsak said he tried to flee, but the youth followed him to his girlfriend’s apartment on Soi Khopai and banged on the door, claiming to be a police volunteer. He took Pongsak into custody, claiming he would be charged with evading arrest.
Police captured a good image of the younger suspect from CCTV. If you know this man, contact police but do not try to apprehend him.
He demanded the couple turn over an iPhone 4 and the cash they had on hand, 400 baht, or he’d shoot Pongsak.
Shortly after, a second, older man arrived at apartment, with Pongsak saying he spotted a Pattaya Police Station logo on his shirt. Nittaya went outside with him and instructed her boyfriend to remain safely inside the apartment.
She claims the older man told her to have sex with him or he’d take her to the police station for a drug test. She refused.
But the man didn’t take her to the station. Instead they arrived at a Third Road pawnshop where he demanded her ID card and used it to sell the iPhone for 3,300 baht.
At that point, she begged to be released. The fraudsters gave her 100 baht for taxi fare home and let her go.
Police said they captured a good image of the younger suspect from CCTV and are investigating the older man’s connection to the Pattaya Police Station.
Three people were hurt when a foreign man and his girlfriend crashed their motorbike due to Second Road’s uneven surface.
The unidentified couple, both in their mid-30s, was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital. The foreign man was unconscious and the Thai woman suffered injuries. Another unnamed motorbike driver suffered a leg injury.
Witnesses reported that the bike was traveling at high-speed when they hit a dip in the road near Soi 13 caused by uneven grading of the recently resurfaced thoroughfare. The foreign man lost control and hit another biker.
A 2.5-meter-long python had the snake equivalent of a Chicken McNugget snack, sneaking its way into a Pattaya henhouse and swallowing eight chicks.
Supattra Tantiwat, 62, called authorities to her Sukaim Village home in Naklua May 16. There behind the single-story home, they found the slithering reptile still in the cage digesting the chicklets.
Supattra said she was bringing food out to her 10 month-old chicks when she spotted the python. By that time, it was too late for all but too of the baby chickens.
She put a cage over the snake and called animal control.
Local authorities stretch out the offending snake, noticing the bulges that convict it for raiding the hen house.
More than three decades after his sister was pulled off a refugee boat by pirates in the Gulf of Thailand, a Vietnamese man has returned to Thailand to find her, offering a half-million baht reward.
A Bangkok man was arrested for allegedly shooting to death the friend of another man who hit on his girlfriend.
Accompanied by his father, Chairat Chansawang, 24, surrendered to police May 3 for the early April 20 shooting of Suwijak Prasert in front of the SB Karaoke on Naklua Soi 7.
A family of three died when their pickup truck smashed into a utility pole and flipped over into a ditch.
Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa, 22, his wife Anongsri Pommmeungkwa, 32, and her 2-year-old child died in the May 3 accident on Sukhumvit Road near Wat Bannakao. The two adults were trapped in the Isuzu Dmax while the toddler was ejected.
Emergency technicians work to free the bodies of Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa and his wife Anongsri from the wreckage.
Prommin had been stationed at the 2nd Engineer’s Regiment in Nakhon Ratchasima while Anongsri worked at the Fujiko factory in Laem Chabang.
A friend of the family, Supansa Srion, 30, said Prommin had come to visit his wife and child for the Labor Day holiday. They had left a party at Anongsri’s house and were driving to continue partying at Supansa’s home.
Police speculated Prommin was speeding and lost control, hitting the pole and flipping the vehicle into a drainage ditch.
An air-conditioning technician running from a teenage gang was arrested after breaking into a Pattaya home, trying to steal 10,000 baht in alcohol, and passing out in his underwear on the sofa.
An elderly Chinese tourist died after apparently drowning while swimming off Koh Larn.
The body of Zhenlong Ling, 73, was pulled ashore at Tawaen Beach May 5. It was transported by speedboat to Bali Hai Pier along with his relatives.
Ling had been swimming at Koh Larn with a Chinese tour group but reportedly passed out due to exertion and high temperatures, then drowned.
Given several drownings off Koh Larn in recent months, beach users questioned the effectiveness of lifeguards hired by the city to protect tourists.