Pattaya police shoot at tires of fleeing truck

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The Rayong-registered Toyota Vigo stopped and made a U-turn into oncoming traffic after spotting a police checkpoint.
The Rayong-registered Toyota Vigo stopped and made a U-turn into oncoming traffic after spotting a police checkpoint.

Pattaya police again are being criticized by online keyboard warriors for recklessly using their firearms after shooting at a pickup truck for failing to stop at a checkpoint.

The Rayong-registered Toyota Vigo carrying Ronachai Jewchuephan, 22, and Jirayu Mala, 20, stopped and made a U-turn into wrong-way traffic after spotting a police checkpoint near the intersection of Sukhumvit and Naklua roads July 3.

An unidentified Pattaya traffic cop at first pursued the truck on foot, then pulled his service revolver in an attempt to shoot out the trucks tires.

He missed both the truck and, fortunately, the many pedestrians and drivers in the area.

The truck got away at first, but the drivers were picked up later. Both men failed drug tests and said they fled due to fear of being arrested for methamphetamine use.

The incident, however, was caught on video and posted to a popular Pattaya Facebook page, drawing considerable criticism of Pattaya’s infamously trigger-happy police.

Pattaya’s police force has a bad reputation for being quick on the draw. Cops already shot out the tires of another speeding truck this year and, in 2015, one injured a Russian tourist when he shot at two teenage bag-snatchers as they ran away.

  • Julia

    Pattaya keystone cops care not one jot about innocent passers by as has been shown time and time again. They are all overdosing on macho and ego and are totally reckless in their use of firearms and other use of force. It is well past time they were properly trained and properly disciplined.

    • Ken Anderson

      Not just the police with guns, most Thai men are nothing but reckless in everything they do.
      At least the odd shoot out here and there will be something to entertain the tourists whilst they are visiting ”South East Asia’s premier family resort”.