Protest truck driver released on bail

The driver of a six-wheeled truck that rammed into a police barrier at Makkhawan Rangsan bridge and hurt a number of policemen on Saturday during the rally by the Pitak Siam group has been freed on 50,000 baht bail, Crime Suppression Division deputy chief Prasopchok Prommoon said on Monday.

Pol Col Prasopchok said the driver, Somsamai Nithachi, 58, who was detained at the CSD headquarters for questioning after being arrested, confessed to his actions.

He was charged with violating the Internal Security Act (ISA), obstructing and hurting authorities on duty.  However, his offence did not warrant an attempted murder charge, Pol Col Prasopchok said.

After the interrogation, Mr Somsamai was released on 50,000 baht bail as requested by a lawyer.

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