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Police in Chaiyaphum in Thailand’s north east mounted a search after locals reported a man in saffron robes was driving erratically in the area.
A checkpoint mounted by the Phukhiaw constabulary soon had the drunk monk in custody.
He was Phra Suksan (happy) Kanyen from Khon Kaen who said he was going to see his ex wife in Chaiyaphum.
He was a bit belligerent at first – as shown in a Thai Rath video – but in the end he went quietly to his defrocking.
He was found to have 158 mg of alcohol in his blood – well over the limit.
Regarding the alcohol he claimed: “I thought it was medicine – they told me it was medicine”.
This resulted in a few chuckles from the arresting officers who then asked: “OK…was it Lao Khao or Lao Dong?” (two kinds of potent spirit enjoyed by mostly country folk).
“”Ya Dong,” he said. “It made my face go red”.
He claimed he took the “medication” to “help his food go down”.
The police charged him with drunk driving.