Big bike cop charged after fatal bridge ride

Big bike cop charged after fatal bridge ride

A deputy Bangkok police inspector surrendered on Wednesday to acknowledge charges arising from an illegal motorcycle ride on a bridge on Monday that ended in the death of his girlfriend.

Pol Lt Chaiyan Thongkhamchum, 30, turned up at Phra Pradaeng police station in Samut Prakan province to acknowledge charges of reckless driving causing death and violating a traffic rule.

Pol Maj Sayant Phuphanna, an interrogation inspector at the station, laid charges and later released the officer.

Early Monday morning Pol Lt Chaiyan of the Lat Phrao police station rode his large-sized motorcycle at a fast speed across Bhumibol Bridge 1 with his friends. His 23-year-old girlfriend was his pillion rider. Motorcycles are banned on the bridge.

His motorcycle hit a barrier. Both fell off the bike. His girlfriend, a university student, was run over by a six-wheeled truck and was killed instantly.

The policeman tried twice to commit suicide at the scene but his friends stopped him.

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