Police imposter fined for not wearing helmet on non-licensed motorbike

A photo posted and shared via social media showed a man with no helmet wearing a vest with an investigation badge on the back riding a motorbike with no registration plate.

Banglamung police arrested a man for impersonating a law-breaking cop.

Pankorn Wimolmuk, 55, was fined 900 baht Dec. 16 after a photo posted to social media showed him driving a motorbike with no license plate while not wearing a helmet. Police fined him based on a photo, not real life.

The man also was wearing a police vest that inferred he worked for an investigative unit. Banglamung officers also said this broke the law, although he didn’t actually perform any police-like duties.

Mostly, it made the cops look bad, they complained.

Pankorn denied he was impersonating police, saying he wore the vest because he was working with an investigator to deliver a document.

As for the vehicle offenses, Pankorn said the license plate fell off and that a previous head injury – caused by a motorbike crash – prevented him from wearing a helmet now.

Police fined Pankorn Wimolmuk 900 baht for his transgression.

Pankorn claimed he didn’t wear a helmet because of a head injury suffered in a motorcycle accident.