Nongprue Police have raided multiple motorbike racing shops in the Pattaya area yesterday afternoon.
A team of the Nongprue Police led by Chief Colonel Chitdaecha Songhong conducted the raid on four motorbike racing shops in Nongprue.
Two motorbike racing shop owners were arrested who are 32 year old Phongsathorn ‘Best’ Jemjaras and 34 year old Praiwan Karinrak.
The two suspects are facing charges relating to lack of proper business licenses and illegal modification of vehicles. Police have seized 10 illegally modified motorbikes as evidence during the raids.
The raids follow nationwide orders from the Thai government after the National Curfew was canceled earlier this week which saw many motorbike racers across the country back on area roads overnight. Police stated to the Pattaya News that they are focusing on the shops that provide the root cause of the modifications to the racers.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha warned earlier this week that curfew would be reinstated if incidents continued to be reported of large gatherings and house parties, including motorbike racing.
We reported on this announcement here:
Additionally, The Thai Government has turned former nationwide curfew checkpoints into stations to help discourage street racing and overnight parties and gatherings. All of these measures are, according to the government, to help stop any potential spread of the Covid19 Coronavirus.