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02 October 2013 :: 10:10:11 am 78680

Australian ‘Black Taxi’ Driver Arrested In Phuket

Patong Police arrested an armed Australian man yesterday afternoon (October 1) after he got into an argument with the taxi group who operate from the Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa.
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p3PHUKET – October 1,2013; Veera Kerdsirimongkol, Kathu District Officer, named the Australian as Gary Polting. He told The Phuket News today, “The argument started when he went to pick up the guest from the hotel. When a woman taxi driver went to ask him what he thought he was doing, he said he worked for a timeshare company.

“The discussion ended when [Polting’s] customer arrived and they left for the new Tiger Kingdom.

“The incident came to a head when he returned to the hotel later in the day. Once again he was confronted by the woman taxi driver but this time he waved a push dagger at her.”

Mr Veera said when other drivers saw this they went over to stop him, but he went to his car and returned with a pistol, with which he threatened them. The taxi drivers told him they were calling the police, so he went away.

“The police were able to arrest him nearby soon after that.”

He was taken for questioning at the Police Station in Patong, where it was discovered that the pistol was a non-lethal BB gun, though Polting was also in possession of real bullets.

It is by no means clear yet whether Polting was trying to start a taxi business. If he was, he would be contravening the laws on at least four counts: operating an unregistered taxi, doing work that is reserved exclusively for Thai nationals, carrying a weapon in a public place, and issuing threats.

View the original story on The Phuket News

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