Pattaya Daily News

29 August 2007 :: 14:08:55 pm 43297

RAID ON KARAOKE BARS NETS ROWDY VOLUNTEER POLICE IMPERSONATING OFFICERS

Pattaya police, accompanied by an assistant district officer, were shocked to find volunteer police flaunting their power as plain clothes officers at karaoke bars.
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On 29 August 2007, at 3 AM, Police Colonel Suthin Sabphueng, Pattaya Superintendent, and Police Major Chaigrit Thong-Inn, an investigator, along with a team of police officers and an Assistant Banglamung District Officer, raided a number of karaoke bars and clubs, located in the Gow Rai area of Pattaya Third Road, to check their licenses and search for illegal items. There are about ten karaoke bars and pubs in the area. The police tested everyone in the pubs for consumption of illegal drugs and searched for illegal articles. Of the sixty plus people tested, two women and six men, including the owner of Pairat and Pornsiri Pub, tested positive for drugs. In addition, one pub did not have a license.
At the same time, a group of administrative officers was checking the Haak Pahk Restaurant, located behind the group of karaoke bars that was being inspected. The officers encountered three men who claimed that they were plain clothes officers. One of them purported to be a police lieutenant, while the others reportedly claimed to be well acquainted with the inspector and the investigator who were on duty. The three men requested that the administrative officers leave and that they would deal, directly, with the police.

When Police Colonel Suthin Sabphueng, the Superintendent and Police Major Chaigrit Thong-Inn the Investigator were told about the three men, they rushed to the restaurant to investigate; but only found one man, who was attempting to escape in his car. However, the police managed to detain him. The man, Mr. Prasert Wongsa (41), from Lopburi appeared to be drunk. The police searched his shoulder bag and found a radio, as well as, a Pattaya Volunteer Police ID card, with his personal code, “Choon Chon Roi 323.” A search of his car did not result in any contraband items. Mr. Prasert said that he and his friends were just drinking and enjoying themselves and had the right to carry their Volunteer Police ID cards and the radio. However, the administrative officers asserted that the three men had behaved and acted as if they were police officers.

The police confiscated Mr. Prasert’s Volunteer Police ID card and the radio and discharged him from the Volunteer Police. Mr. Prasert was taken to the police station for further investigation.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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