A Thai good Samaritan caught an alleged drunk driver after seeing him hit and run a motorcyclist last night, November 13th, in Chonburi.
29-year-old Samaritan Mr. Athiwat (the last name not provided) assisted 23-year-old injured motorcyclist Mr. Yodkwan Thepphaboot in capturing an unidentified perpetrator who hit and ran him in Banglamung’s Nongprue sub-district yesterday.
Yodkwan told the Pattaya News he was hit “twice” by a white Toyota Yaris sedan on Soi Map Yai Lia 14. The sedan driver, who was heavily intoxicated, said Yodkwan, briefly stopped to negotiate the first time he hit him, but the driver suddenly fled in his car when he was asked by Yodkwan to pay 5,000 baht in damages and medical compensation.
Yodkwan then raced after him and was hit for the second time, resulting in multiple injuries. Then, Athiwat who witnessed the incident decided to race his motorbike after the fleeing sedan and helped catch the hit-and-run suspect with the help of many other motorists. Athiwat, however, revealed that he was also hit and injured during the dramatic road chase.
According to the report, the unidentified driver admitted to crashing into Yodkwan and Athiwat, but said that he did not want to pay for the damages.
Chonburi police are detaining the suspect to let him sober up before they will start with the interrogation, while the injured victim and good Samaritan remain at Banglamung Hospital being treated for their injuries.
The name of the suspect was withheld by Pattaya and Chonburi police.
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