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For the passenger in question who was denied a ride was not an ordinary member of the public but a public prosecutor. Then a policeman actually turned up to arrest him rather than the rogue driver.
The driver had no idea about his passenger’s job. Furious when the passenger, aged 54, told him he was breaking the law by not accepting him the driver phoned a policeman “friend” who arrived on a motorcycle to arrest the passenger, reported Manager Online.
But when confronted with the truth about the passenger’s job he backed down and appeared to arrest the driver instead.
Now the cop has disappeared and the head of the metropolitan force has got involved in the saga as the case is set to run though the courts.
The story of the incident appeared on the Facebook page of prominent human rights lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap who is acting for the public prosecutor who has not been named.
Songkan said that the incident started on February 10th at 9pm when the driver of a green and yellow taxi with the license plate 7978 (Bangkok) refused to take the man after he hailed the cab outside the Narai Hotel in Silom.
The man said to the driver: “That’s illegal you know”.
At this point the angry driver got out of the cab and made a phone call saying pointedly to someone on the end of the line: “Are you free? We have a passenger f**king me about. Please come and arrest him”, reported Manager Online.
(The driver used the term ‘guan teen’ in talking about the passenger’s behavior; that term has the force of the English expletive above).
Some 15 minutes later two police arrived on a patrol motorcycle and the cop on the back got off and made as if to arrest the passenger who said:
“So you are arresting me on what charge exactly? Don’t you think it would be better for you to arrest the driver for refusing a passenger?
The cop then said: “So who are you then?”
“I’m an attorney, a public prosecutor,” came the reply.
At this point things changed and within no time the cop had turned his attention to the driver and took him away.
However, the case has now taken a new twist. The attorney would not let it rest and followed up the case by calling the local police station who told him that the policeman concerned was not from their jurisdiction.
They stated that no record of the incident had been filed with the duty officer.
Lawyer Songkan – who has been involved in the high profile Lady Kai case – said:
“So who was that policeman? And more to the point if that passenger was not a high profile public prosecutor and just an ordinary member of the public, what would have happened to him?”
Not surprisingly given the nature of the passenger’s job the case is now set to run through the courts with metropolitan police chief Sanit Mahathavorn getting involved in the fallout.