Bentley driver to face additional charge
published : 16 Jan 2023 at 02:06
writer: Gary Boyle
ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Online Reporters
Police will summon the Bentley driver involved in an expressway crash that left eight people injured last week to hear an additional charge after narcotic substances were found in his blood.
Suthat Siwapiromrat will be charged after a blood test at Police General Hospital found narcotic substances in his system.
Police said on Friday that an initial test showed a substance that could be methamphetamine, ketamine, diazepam or nordiazepam. More tests were being done to find exactly what it was.
Early last Sunday morning, the Bentley driven by Mr Suthat rammed into the back of a brand-new Mitsubishi Pajero in the middle lane of the Chaloem Maha Nakhon expressway. The impact caused the Pajero to overturn before it was hit by a fire truck in the right-side lane.
The crash left six people in the Pajero — one of them a four-year-old child — injured, along with two firefighters in the truck.
Mr Suthat exited his Bentley, walked down the expressway and hailed a cab in an apparent bid to flee the scene, according to a report from a team of first responders.
According to one of the first responders, Mr Suthat appeared intoxicated. However, he refused to take a breathalyser test, claiming he had chest pains due to the airbag inflating at the time of the accident. He agreed to take a blood test instead.
The police handling of the case has drawn criticism that the driver was being favoured because of his wealth and connections. A director of several companies and a well-known political donor, Mr Suthat is a brother of New Economics Party leader Manoon Siwapiromrat.
Police will question the police officers who did not conduct an alcohol test on the driver immediately after the crash.
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- breathalyser (noun): a device used by the police to measure the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath - เครื่องวัดปริมาณอัลกอฮอล์จากลมหายใจ
- charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
- conduct: to do something in an organised way; to carry out — - ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
- criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
- donor (noun): a person who gives money or goods to an organisation, especially one that helps people - ผู้บริจาค
- favour (verb): to give an advantage to someone or something, often in an unfair way - เอื้อ, ช่วยเหลือ
- first responder (noun): the first person or people to arrive at the scene of an accident or emergency situation -
- flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
- hail: to signal to a taxi or a bus, in order to get the driver to stop - เรียก
- impact (noun): the force with which one object hits another - แรงกระแทก
- injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
- intoxicated: having had too much of an alcoholic drink, a drug, etc. - มึนเมา
- narcotic: an illegal drug such as heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine - ยาเสพย์ติด
- overturn: to turn upside down or on the side - พลิกคว่ำ, คว่ำลง
- rammed: hit or pushed with force - กระแทก
- substance: a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas - สาร