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The chief of police in Hat Yai explained away the incident where a chasing policeman on a motorcycle kicked out causing a fleeing rider to crash to the tarmac.
Defending his men he said it was not a deliberate attempt to bring down the suspect.
Earlier in the day comment was rife online as Thais said that the cops had kicked out. Daily News concurred with this assessment.
Chief Kittichai said that the officers involved – Manot Otthon and Wisanu Jamnongnoi – had set up a legal roadblock and Ratanaphon, 21, had failed to stop when requested.
A 30 minute chase ensued in which Ratanaphon sideswiped a Ford.
He said that outside the Isuzu dealership on Petchkasem Road Manot stuck out a boot, as the suspect weaved in front, in an effort to stay upright.
Ratanaphon came off and was treated at the scene by medics though he was only slightly injured.
Daily News reported that Ratanaphon settled with the Ford driver over compensation and was not going to take the matter concerning the cops any further.
No other charges were reported in respect of him not stopping for officers at the roadblock.