Pattaya Daily News

17 January 2014 :: 15:01:59 pm 81482

Illegal Taxi Drivers Argued With Each Other And Were Prepared To Fight

Pattaya taxi drivers quarrelled and were prepared to take their partisans to fight each other but fortunately the police controlled the incident and also seized a gun and ammunition.
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PATTAYA – January 16, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 12.30 a.m. Pol. Capt. Witsanu Chaisuwan (Deputy Inspector of Pattaya city police station, Chonburi province, was notified that there were groups of Loma taxi, Pattaya, quarrelling with each other and had used a gun to shoot in front of one luxury hotel located on Phratamnak hill, south Pattaya, Moo 10 Tambon Nong Prue, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province, so he rushed to inspect at the crime scene together with forces of police team and the Civil Defense Volunteer, Pattaya city.

At the incident the officers found a group of male taxi drivers of Pattaya Loma Taxies Cooperative Ltd. On the side of the road in front of a hotel the taxi drivers were arguing which lead to a scuffle breaking out so the police rushed to suppress for the incident because they were afraid that the groups of taxi drivers would assault to each other. The officers were also notified that a taxi driver had used a gun before the police arrived at scene. After the police calmed the scene down which was caused by a Mr. Keerati Soodsawat or Tum, aged 24, and Mr. Weerasak Kerdphol or Krung, aged 36 they informed the officers that they would sort their problems by themselves and also claimed that they hadn’t used a gun. While the police were questioning the 2 trouble makers their partisans which consisted of one well known soldier with the rank of commanding officer that was dressed in a military police uniform came to intervene in the incident to help clear problems which lead to another argument which the police quickly calmed down.

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The police then asked to search the taxi cabs in order to look for illegal items and guns but the officers didn’t find anything. The police then inspected inside a nearby hut and where they found 1 short automatic gun, brand Sig Souer, size 9 mm together with 2 magazines which contained 26 bullets. Therefore the police seized them for evidence and asked the groups of taxi drivers who the gun belonged to but nobody came forward.

The police then detained Mr. Keerati or Tum and Mr. Weerasak or Krung for further questioning and to check their criminal history. The police also detained one man (didn’t reveal his name) which was the deputy chairman of the group of taxi drivers because they knew that he took the gun and hid it in the hut. He told the police half a story that he brought the gun which belonged to his younger brother-in-law but the police think that he only said this to protect himself.

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Initially, the police seized the gun and bullets and recorded them for evidence and charged the deputy chairman of “having a gun and ammunitions in possession without permission and taking a gun and ammunitions to a public place without permission” and sent the deputy chairman of the group of taxi drivers to the investigation officer to be investigated further in more detail in order to prosecute further according to the Thai law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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