Sattahip Drunk Driver Found Asleep in Middle of Road After Parking Car to Rest

Sattahip —

A Thai man parked his car on the side of the road in Sattahip to rest due to being too intoxicated. However, he was later found sleeping outside his car in the middle of the road.

The incident occurred on June 22nd, 2024, on Highway 332, kilometer 3/900, between the Kasem Pol Intersection and the Jae Intersection in the Sattahip district, Chonburi province. Sattahip police responded to the scene at 5:50 AM after receiving a report from a group of cyclists that a sedan was parked on the side of the road and its driver was unconscious on the ground nearby.

Upon arrival, officers found a white Mazda 2 sedan by the roadside with the engine turned off. The driver, identified only as Mr. Natthaphum, 36, was found intoxicated and lying asleep on the road, blocking the left lane. He was not wearing a shirt and was only wearing black shorts.

Mr. Natthaphum was so deeply asleep that it took officers over 10 minutes to wake him up and get him to stand up. Fortunately, he was not hit by any passing vehicles and was completely fine.

Mr. Natthaphum revealed to local media that he had been drinking at a restaurant before the incident. After the restaurant closed, he attempted to drive home, which was about 5 kilometers away. However, he could not recall what happened between leaving the restaurant and waking up in the middle of the road.

Sattahip police suspected that Mr. Natthaphum may have intentionally parked his car and fallen asleep in an attempt to avoid being caught at an alcohol checkpoint.

Mr. Natthaphum was given water to wash his face and sober up. Police contacted his family to help drive him home. The man reportedly did not face charges.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.