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A former lecturer of a wellknown educational institute was arrested by police on Monday night for allegedly shooting at a car driven by a female dentist apparently out of a fit of anger after the latter overtook his car.
The suspect, 47-year old Sompong Tantiwongpaisarn, a former lecturer at Thai-German Institute of Technology and an advisor at the Ministry of Energy, was apprehended at his home in Phasi Charoen district, Bangkok Metropolis.
Police also seized from his possession a .45 calibre automatic pistol with two magazines. Sompong was initially charged with carrying gun in public without a licence, illegal shooting in public and attempted murder.
Police alleged that Sompong used the pistol to fire one shot at the car of Ms Sirilada Sungsakda, 33, as both of them were driving in Soi Sirinthorn 7 off Boromratchachonnee road. The bullet penetrated left side window and hit the opposite side the window but missed the victim.
The victim later lodged a complaint with Talingchan police. She told police that the suspect was driving a Toyota in front of her but rather slowly, so she decided to overtake him. But then the suspect accelerated his car to run beside her and fired a shot at her.
Sompob said he apologized for the incident, claiming that he acted out of a fit of anger. He also vowed not to drive again.