Drug suspect nabbed after shots fired, car chase, collision

Drug suspect nabbed after shots fired, car chase, collision

The car of an alleged drug dealer overturns in a ditch after the suspect crashed into three vehicles as he fled police on a district road in Surat Thani. (Photos of Kusol Sattha Rescue Foundation and Porjet Tantanakul)
The car of an alleged drug dealer overturns in a ditch after the suspect crashed into three vehicles as he fled police on a district road in Surat Thani. (Photos of Kusol Sattha Rescue Foundation and Porjet Tantanakul)

SURAT THANI – A drug suspect fleeing from police who fired at him crashed into three vehicles before his car plunged into a roadside ditch and overturned. No one was injured in the incident.

Police arrested Weerapong Sookchareon, 34, after his car was found lying upside down in a drainage ditch in front of a petrol station on Na San-Surat Thani Road in Ban Na San district of this southern province on Wednesday evening. The spot was about four kilometres from where he escaped a police sting operation.  

Pol Col Thitirat Arsakij, chief of Ban Na San station, said undercover officers had contacted Mr Weerapong, a Surat Thani native, to buy 2,000 methamphetamine pills, or yaba, and they agreed to meet outside a Chinese foundation in Na San sub-district. The operation came after the team arrested a man on Tuesday over possession of crystal meth, known as ya ice, and marijuana. The suspect said he had bought the drugs from Mr Weerapong. 

Pol Col Thitirat said Mr Weerapong arrived in a white Chevrolet sedan with Bangkok licence plates. When the police approached him to search for the meth pills, the suspect sped away. Officers fired three shots at the car’s front left tyre and gave chase. 

Mr Weerapong crashed into a pickup truck and a sedan shortly after he fled the meeting point. He went on to hit a Toyota Fortuner so forcefully that his car flipped and came to a stop in the ditch.  

Pol Col Thitirat said an initial search did not find any illicit drug in the suspect’s damaged car. Police were draining water from the ditch to look for illegal items that may have fallen into the water.


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