Overzealous volunteer blamed for motorbike accident

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An overzealous civil-defense volunteer is being blamed for a motorbike accident that injured an 18-year-old on Sukhumvit Road.

Pongthep Bunserm, a worker at a wood factory in Rayong, was hurt when he collided with a BMW sedan Nov. 12 in South Pattaya. Moments later, the volunteer, who legally has no arrest powers, slapped cuffs on the teen and hauled him away to police without seeking immediate treatment for his wounds.

Pongthep explained he and a friend were driving to a friend’s birthday party when the volunteer cut them off with his pickup truck and told them to pull over because their motorbike was too loud.

An overzealous civil-defense volunteer is being blamed for this motorbike accident on Sukhumvit Road.An overzealous civil-defense volunteer is being blamed for this motorbike accident on Sukhumvit Road.

The teens fled, fearing arrest, and were pursued vigorously for 10 kilometers through back streets until the teens pulled out onto Sukhumvit and ran into the BMW, with Pongthep sliding under the front wheels.

The teen explained the situation to the driver of the sedan, who decided not to press charges or seek compensation. But the BMW driver expressed exasperation at the civil-defense volunteer, who came up and apprehended the teen and forcibly took him away.