Prosecutor denies fleeing hit-and-run

Prosecutor denies fleeing hit-and-run

'Indictment' advice made public on Line

A senior prosecutor who faces hit-and-run and drink-driving accusations has said efforts are made to discredit him after a police investigation report on the case was shared on social media.

In the report, which was shared on a Line group for lawyers, Pol Col Sirichai Sriwichai, chief of Bang Kruai police, recommended that Nonthaburi prosecutors proceed with the indictment of Poramate Intarachumnum.

Mr Poramate is also a member of a panel set up by the Office of the Attorney-General to review a public prosecutor's decision to drop Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya's causing death by reckless driving charge in his 2012 hit-and-run case.

The investigation report into Mr Poramate accuses him of driving under the influence and being involved in a hit-and-run.

Mr Poramate yesterday said the incident took place more than a year ago and he did not know how much progress has been made in the police investigation. So far, he said he has not been summoned for questioning.

Regarding the document shared on social media, he said that it was only the draft of the investigation report. Police are building the case and they have not yet sent it to the prosecution, Mr Poramate said.

He admitted that at the time of the incident, he had been drinking a little, though he did not flee the scene.

"This might be an attempt to discredit me," Mr Poramate said.

According to the investigation report by Bang Kruai police dated March 1, last year, Mr Poramate drove a car and hit two motorcycles on Nakhon-in Road in front of a Caltex filling station in Nonthaburi's Bang Kruai district about 10.30pm on Feb 28 last year.

Thammarat Thongthawee, one of the motorcycle riders, was injured and his motorcycle damaged.

Mr Poramate allegedly failed to stop and help the crash victim and fled the scene, according to the investigation report.

Police have charged him with drink-driving causing danger to others, reckless driving causing danger to others and damage to property and hit-and-run, according to the report.

Mr Poramate denied all the charges and was later released, the report said.

However, an eyewitness pursued and caught up with him at a local temple. Police soon arrived and took him for questioning at Bang Kruai police station.

A breathalyser test showed Mr Poramate had an alcohol level of 87 milligrammes/per cent, above the legal 50mg/per cent limit, according to the investigation report.

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