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Top Health Ministry official hears attempted murder charge over driving incident

Public Health Ministry’s senior official Dr Yorn Chiranakhon on Tuesday surrendered to police over three serious charges linked to an incident last Friday in which his car hit a security guard within the ministry compound in Nonthaburi’s Muang district and dragged him for 20 metres.

After his surrender, following the incident’s video clip going viral on Monday, Yorn heard the charges of reckless driving causing serious injury, driving while being intoxicated and attempted pre-meditated murder from police investigators.

Deputy national police chief Pol General Weerachai Songmetta told reporters after Yorn’s interrogation that the attempted murder charge was on the table because he paused the car 25 seconds after hitting the guard before rolling the car forward, running over him and dragging him for a distance.

He said Yorn confessed to the reckless driving charge but denied other charges, although police were confident in all the charges based on evidence including CCTV footage and witnesses.

The Nation

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