Monks disrobed for drunk driving

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Paisarn Panthong has been disrobed after being arrested for drunk driving in Pattaya.
Paisarn Panthong has been disrobed after being arrested for drunk driving in Pattaya.

A Pathum Thani monk has been disrobed after being arrested for drunk driving in Pattaya.

Paisarn Panthong, 59, was pulled over by traffic police at a checkpoint near Chaimongkol Temple Oct. 31. Unable to speak clearly, he was given a breathalyzer test and found to be more than three times over the legal limit for blood alcohol content.

The monk later told police he drank to control shakes and other personal ailments. Before being arrested he was visiting friends on Soi VC and enjoyed a few late-night beverages.

He was taken to the Bang­lamung dean of monks where he was kicked out of the monkhood.