Sign maker arrested for taking revenge on traffic cop’s head

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A drunken sign maker angry over being fined for not wearing a helmet while driving his motorbike was arrested for allegedly smacking a traffic cop in the head with a wooden club.

Kraisorn Inthanop, 31, was arrested April 8 moments after allegedly striking Officer Sudsakhorn Changpim as he directed traffic outside the Big C Extra mall in central Pattaya. The 41-year-old cop was treated at the scene for a head wound and stitched up at Pattaya Memorial Hospital.

Kraisorn Inthanop admitted he was drunk and tired of being ticketed for his illegal activity.Kraisorn Inthanop admitted he was drunk and tired of being ticketed for his illegal activity.

An inebriated Kraisorn said he worked near Big C at Big Banner Co. making signs and billboards. However, police said he confessed he’d been cited several times by Sudsakhorn for driving without a helmet, costing him money he said he didn’t have.

Traffic cop Sudsakhorn Changpim is helped through emergency care after he was attacked.Traffic cop Sudsakhorn Changpim is helped through emergency care after he was attacked.

That afternoon, while on a break from work, Kraisorn told police he decided to have some drinks and again parked near Big C. When he returned from his bender, the bike had been impounded.

That, the suspect said, put him over the edge and he decided to get revenge on the traffic cop. However, without a motorbike, he had to escape on foot and was easily caught.

Kraisorn was charged with assault.