A shirtless foreign man driving a car registered in Bangkok was arrested near midnight last night in the Soi Buakhao area after allegedly according to Pattaya Police driving at speed through a checkpoint and refusing to stop.
The man was eventually forced to stop after law enforcement pursuit in a large parking area. He was arrested for violation of curfew and to determine who he was and brought to the Pattaya Police station.
The man refused to show any id or answer any questions about who he was or where he was from. The man also allegedly claimed to be important and famous, without providing specific details.
An inspection of his vehicle found nothing illegal, although the main violations he was preliminarily charged with were being out after curfew with no identification, not stopping for a police checkpoint and no valid reason for being out.
In Thailand there is currently a National Curfew as part of measures designed to help prevent the spread of the Covid19 Coronavirus. The curfew is from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM daily.
A video of the incident is here:
Violations of the curfew could carry penalities of up to two years in jail and/or up to a 100,000 baht fine. The stiff punishment falls under the Emergency Decree laws in place to help prevent any possible spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.