Intoxicated driver crashes his pickup truck into Pattaya road barriers during curfew time

PHOTO: Eak Chon News

Pattaya –

An intoxicated construction contractor crashed his pickup truck into road barriers in Pattaya during a current mandatory curfew time early yesterday morning.

The Pattaya City Police was notified of the accident at 12:16 A.M. (September 16th) on the Motorway in Nongprue. Due to Covid-19, a mandatory curfew is currently in place from 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M daily and has been running since July 20th.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a damaged pickup truck as well as several slightly damaged road barriers.

The intoxicated driver, Mr. Pisarn Thongta, 35, a construction contractor, was found inside the pickup truck with his girlfriend, whose name was not released by law enforcement. They had both sustained minor injuries but declined medical assistance.

Mr. Pisarn admitted to first responders “I had been drinking alcohol all night before I got an urgent phone call that construction workers who I supervise were having an argument at their camp. I rushed out of my home to drive to the camp to resolve the problem, despite the curfew and having been heavily drinking.”

“Before the accident another car bumped into the rear bumper of my vehicle, sending me into a road barrier and causing me to lose control.” Mr. Pisarn also claimed.

Pattaya City Police did not immediately find a trace of the supposed other vehicle and stated they would inspect CCTV in the area which, according to officers, should have had a clear line of sight of the accident. Regardless of the cause, Mr. Pisarn will also be charged for driving under the influence, according to Pattaya Police. Police did not immediately decide if Mr. Pisarn would also be charged with a curfew violation.

PHOTO: Eak Chon News

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.