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It looked like a Hollywood movie chase, but bystanders in the famous Yaowarat Chinatown section of Bangkok quickly learned it was the real thing. 

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Bystanders look at a wrecked Toyota Vigo pickup and a black Mercedes-Benz on Yaowarat’s Soi Phadung Dao yesterday. The driver of the Vigo, Kriangkrai Chaomuangkong, was shot and injured by police before he crashed his vehicle into the Benz. Photos by PATIPAT JANTHONG

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Hollywood-style chase in Chinatown

The hole in window of the Toyota Vigo where the police bullet entered, injuring the driver in the arm.

It looked like a Hollywood movie chase, but bystanders in the famous Yaowarat Chinatown section of Bangkok quickly learned it was the real thing.

It began when Toyota Vigo pickup driver Kriangkrai Chaomuangkong, a 36-year-old from Ubon Ratchathani, was told to stop for a police inspection at the entrance to Soi Isaranuphap in Samphanthawong district shortly after midday.

Pol Col Rungrot Sayanprasert, chief of Phlapphla Chai 2 police station, said the driver stepped on the accelerator and hit the two patrolling police officers from Phlapphla Chai 1 police station – Pol Snr Sgt Maj Manoo Manreuk and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Chanai Buajamrat – on their motorcycles.

Both police officers suffered minor injuries.

This did not stop them from taking up the chase, however. As the driver sped off, the two officers commandeered a motorcycle from a passing motorist and set out after the pickup truck.

During the chase, Mr Kriangkrai drove along Charoen Krung Road and hit several cars on the way before turning on to Yaowarat Road.

A taxi was one of the vehicles damaged by the fleeing driver.

Pol Col Rungrot said Pol Snr Sgt Maj Manoo shot many times at the getaway truck's wheels to try and stop the vehicle and prevent it from causing further public damage.

Police said the truck finally came to a halt after hitting a fruit cart and a black Mercedes-Benz in front of Yaowarat's Soi Phadung Dao.

Police arrested Mr Kriangkrai and impounded his pickup. Mr Kriangkrai was wounded in his left arm by a gunshot fired by an officer.

Two grammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ya ice, were found in his bag, police said.

Mr Kriangkrai was sent to Police General Hospital for treatment.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

bystander – a person who is standing near and watching something that is happening but is not taking part in it ผู้เห็นเหตุการณ์, ผู้สังเกตการณ์
wrecked – damaged or destroyed ถูกทำลาย
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
chase – an act of running or driving after somebody/something in order to catch them การไล่ตาม
inspection – an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
entrance – a door, gate, passage, etc. used for entering a room, building or place ทางเข้า
accelerator – the pedal in a car or other vehicle that you press with your foot to control the speed of the engine คันเร่ง
patrol – to move regularly around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime or to watch for an enemy ลาดตระเวน
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
minor – not important; small; having little influence or effect เล็กน้อย
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
speed off  (past form: sped off) – to leave a place in a big hurry, i.e., at high speed  เร่งออกไป
commandeer – to take something that belongs to someone else ยึด
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี
getaway – of something that is used to escape from somewhere. e.g., getaway car, getaway vehicle
prevent – to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening  ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง
halt – to stop หยุด
cart – a small vehicle with two or four wheels that you push or pull to transport large or heavy objects on รถเข็นหรือรถลาก
arrest – (of the police) taking someone under control (usually taken them to a police station) because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
impound – (of the police) to officially take something away ยึดไว้เป็นของกลาง
wounded – injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา

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