Fishermen crash employer's car after drinking party

Fishermen crash employer's car after drinking party

Police look at the crashed car 25 metres below in the Pran Buri River in Pran Buri district, Prachuam Khiri Khan, on Wednesday night after the driver went through a curfew checkpoint. (Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem)
Police look at the crashed car 25 metres below in the Pran Buri River in Pran Buri district, Prachuam Khiri Khan, on Wednesday night after the driver went through a curfew checkpoint. (Photo: Chaiwat Satyaem)

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Three fishing boat crewmen crashed their employer's car into a river after drinking at a party and then driving through a curfew checkpoint.

Police took off in pursuit of a green Toyota Corona car, registered in Samut Sakhon province, after the driver ignored a signal to stop at their checkpoint on Rat Bamrung 5 Road in tambon Khao Noi of Pran Buri district about 10.30pm on Wednesday.

By the time they caught up with it, about 1.5 kilometres down the road, the car was in the Pran Buri River, about 25 metres below the road, at a curve in Moo 1 village of tambon Khao Noi in Pran Buri district. There was no one in it.

Searching farther, police spotted two drunk Myanmar men walking on the roadside. They admitted they were in the crashed car and had survived and escaped the plunge into the river.

The driver was identified as Yi Yin Jo, 29, and the other as To Cho, 50. Their fishing boat had berthed at a pier in the estuary of the Pran Buri River on Wednesday.

They and a third colleague, identified as Tin, had travelled in their employer's car to a party at a pineapple factory, according to police.

They told police they did not stop at the checkpoint because they had been drinking and their employer kept all their documents.

Pol Lt Col Sunthorn Ngamluea, deputy chief of Pran Buri police station, said the whereabouts of the third man was not known.


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