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‘Anna Reese’ warns against drunk driving

The Thai-British model and actress Anna Hamblaouris, who killed a policeman in a road accident in 2015 and was arrested in May for another drunk-driving incident in which she crashed into another car in Bangkok, has warned people not to drive under the influence of alcohol.
The 30-year-old actress, who is well known in Thailand as “Anna Reese”, made the comments on Thursday at 11am when she met with officials at the Probation Department about performing her court-ordered social service.

Thirty-six hours of social service was part of the sentence given to her for the May incident along with a suspended three-year jail term, a Bt20,000 fine and suspension of her driver’s licence for two years.

Probation Department director-general Pol Colonel Narat Sawetnant said Anna, a repeated offender, would be monitored closely and she must present herself to the probation office four times during the next year.

She is also required to undergo four training sessions on traffic laws and road safety. Narat added that Anna had chosen to perform the social service via blood donations and working with the Poh Teck Tung Foundation, which helps the poor.

Anna said she continued to sometimes drink alcohol to relax her when at home, but she warned people to abide by the law and not to drive under the influence.

She added that the second offence had made her more careful and self-aware.

For the first crash in 2015, Anna was sentenced to a two-year suspended jail term, fined Bt10,000 and ordered to do 24 hours of social service.

“When you do that and cause an accident, it won’t end there,” she said. “In my case I lost everything including my future [in entertainment and acting] and reputation.”

The Nation

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