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Hard Learning: Drunk Korat policeman drives into canal
« on: February 28, 2019, 04:53:29 PM »
Bangkok Post reports in their section "Learning From News":


Rescuers prepare to haul the sunken Fortuner from the canal to the shore in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima. The driver, a policeman, fell asleep at the wheel after drinking at a party with his friends. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A policeman driving home from a party was lucky to escape alive when he drove his car off the road into a canal in the early hours of Wednesday.

Rescuers were called to the area about 4.50am.

They found a Toyota Fortuner in the canal. A Thai man aged about 40 years was waiting for help on the canalside. He appeared to be drunk.

Divers then attached a rope to the vehicle so it could be pulled to the shore.

The driver (whose name was withheld) is a police officer based in Nakhon Ratchasima province. He was on his way home from a party with friends.

He told rescuers he felt drunk and sleepy, and finally dozed off behind the wheel. The next thing he knew he was in the water. Luckily, he had earlier opened some of the windows, and managed to get out the car and make his way to shore before it sank.

The rescue team reported the drunk officer later hired another vehicle to continue his journey home.

Question remains: did he really learn and keep from getting behind the wheel, when he feels drunk and tired? Does he as policeman understand the danger not only to himself but expecially to others he poses when driving drunk? Or does he just not mind others endangered by him?

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Re: Hard Learning: Drunk Korat policeman drives into canal
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 09:54:19 AM »
In German is a word, that goes like this: "Wer den Schaden hat, braucht für den Spott nicht zu sorgen", translated "Who has the damage, does not need to worry about the mockery." Looks like even at Bangkok Post the editors can't keep from chuckling. They published that story also with the headline:

Cop driving home from boozy party plunges into canal

Do I pity the driver? No, but I'm glad, that he could rescue himself, because I'm sure that after this experience of learning the hard way he will become a good cop, mind DWI laws himself and give the right advice to people, who don't understand the dangers of drunk driving. He was given a second life to do so.



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Re: Hard Learning: Drunk Korat policeman drives into canal
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 01:56:35 PM »
I have never driven into a canal, but I did once demolish a roundabout.  It was back in the mid 1980s when I was working in Milan.  One evening, after partaking of refreshments, I was returning home when a roundabout suddenly leapt out of the darkness.  The car (Elderly Fiat 131) was firmly embedded on the roundabout and I knew I could not drive any further as the steering wheel was spinning round and round in my hands.  Somehow, I managed to get back home. The next day I was booked on a flight back to the U.K. for a week’s holiday.  So, off I went, leaving the car on the roundabout.  After returning to Milan after the holiday, I went to the police to report the accident.  Apart from not remembering where the accident happened, the interview with the police went quite well: “Were you doing a moderate velocity?” Yes, moderate velocity.  “Was the roundabout badly lit?”  Yes, badly lit.
So the incident seemed to be closed.  At this point I should mention that the car was not registered in my name as foreigners were not allowed to own cars at that time.  An Italian colleague at work had done the paperwork for me. Some months later my assignment in Milan came to an end and I returned to the U.K.  A couple of months later I took a flight back to Milan to meet with some friends.  At Heathrow, who should be on the flight but the Italian guy who was the owner of the car.  He told me a tale of woe as to how he was being pursued by the police for daily storage charges for the car, which was being held in a police compound.  He was also slightly agitated:- “Non voglio rimanere coinvolto nel questo pasticcio”.  Anyway, we went to the police together and I handed over around GBP 1000 to cover the accumulated charges. 
Fortunately, there are not too many roundabouts in Thailand.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

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Re: Hard Learning: Drunk Korat policeman drives into canal
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 04:59:23 PM »
Did they give you the remains upon payment of the 1,000 Pounds or was that for keeping them in place?

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Re: Hard Learning: Drunk Korat policeman drives into canal
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 07:11:06 AM »
No, it was just for retrieving the number plates.
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Re: Hard Learning: Drunk Korat policeman drives into canal
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 09:34:43 AM »
No, it was just for retrieving the number plates.

Stiff! Yours must have been at the bottom of the storage. :o

 



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