Police manning a central Pattaya checkpoint arrested an admitted drug dealer who carried a fake 9mm pistol on his waist while riding around town on a stolen motorbike.
Chok Noiya, 27, was apprehended June 22 after fleeing officers who ordered him to stop at a Central Road checkpoint. Officers determined the black Honda Wave he was driving not only had the license plates removed, but had been reported stolen.
Chok Noiya was apprehended after fleeing officers who ordered him to stop at a Central Road checkpoint.
Police also became alarmed when the found a 9mm pistol strapped to his waist, but quickly discovered it was only an air gun.
Accusing the Chainut native of scouting the area for a crime to commit with the fake gun, they locked him up on motorbike theft charges.
Police said Chok admitted stealing the bike on Naklua Road and to using ya ba daily. However, Chok said, he only carried the gun for self protection.