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Phuket Aussie expat faces reckless driving and drunk driving charge

An Australian expat today (July 16) faces being charged with drunk and reckless driving after he allegedly drove his new vehicle into several other vehicles in Cherng Talay leaving three people injured and then fleeing the scene.

drunk driving, aussie expat in ThailandCherng Talay Police Chief Col Serm Khawnnimit received a call at 4:30am this morning from Baan Pasak resident Mr Somchai Choomrak, 52, where it was stated that a foreigner, who appeared to be drunk, had driven his new car into many vehicles on Soi Pasak leaving three people injured.
The man then fled the scene and drove to a house further along the soi before dumping the car in the middle of the road and disappearing into his house.
One injured person was taken to Thalang hospital, while two others continued to go to work with minor injuries after the crash police were told.
Officers led by Lt Sathaporn Thongthep arrived in the area to meet with Mr Somchai, a saleng driver, who was standing next to the abandoned red plated grey Honda Jazz.
Police were led to the home where the foreigner had entered and knocked at the door. The foreigner, named as 39-year old Paul Vockler, who police also said was drunk, answered the door.
Lt Sathaporn said, “We could smell alcohol on the man as soon as he opened the door, we also noticed that his mouth was bleeding.”

Volcker’s Thai wife is alleged to have told police that he worked as a manager at a newly opened retail store* and said that he was assaulted by a local resident. However, she was unable to tell police who who assaulted him.

More police arrived at the house to escort Vockler to the police station, where his breath test result came out at 229mg.

The legal limit for drivers in Thailand who have held there licence for more than five years is 50mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. For those who have held their licence for less that five years the limit is 20mgs per 100 millilitres of blood.

Mr Somchai told police that “the man was drunk and he drove into motorbikes including mine and did not stop, so I followed him”.

He added: “I drove next to him and knocked on his car door but he was too drunk to communicate. When we got further up the road he stopped his car, left it in the middle of the road and walked away from me into his home.”

Lt Col Sakol Krainara who is taking care of this case said that Vockler will be facing the charge of reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Phuket News

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