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1 killed, 2 arrested in dramatic car chase in Bangkok during rush hour traffic

Police busted a suspected drug gang after a dramatic city chase ended with one alleged trafficker gunned down and another two arrested in Don Muang yesterday.

Arintaraj 26 Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) officers fly a helicopter over an area of undergrowth near the Royal Thai Air Force’s headquarters on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road as they search for two drug suspects who escaped there during a police crackdown yesterday.

Police believe the three men were delivering metamphetamine drugs at Talad Thai in Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang district, but sped away in a pickup truck after suspecting that plainclothes police were lying in wait at the spot
Policemen then gave chase to the gang, which took an in-bound lane of Vibhavadi Rangsit Road towards Don Muang.

As trailing police closed in on them, the suspects turned their vehicle into the reverse lane to try to get on to a ramp leading to the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters, police said.

A gunfight erupted after a gang member threw a hand grenade and shot at policemen during their escape bid, police said.

One of the suspects, identified later as Phol Chaiyaphantho, a Lao national, was shot and killed at the scene.

The other two suspects then left the truck to hide in an area of undergrowth nearby. After three hours, one of them, identified as Chokchai Tuamak, 24, finally surrendered after reinforcements of 50 police from Arintaraj 26 Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and a helicopter were called in to help scour the area.

Police said they found 200,000 tablets of speed pills in two bags on the driver's seat and seized an AK assault rifle from Mr Chokchai, along with three hand grenades.

Police said Mr Chokchai claimed he was paid 10,000 baht to deliver the drugs from North Pattaya to a customer at Talad Thai.

The third suspect, identified only as Mum, also surrendered later in the night.

Photos below by Thiti Wannamontha show the Royal Thai Police Swat team in action:
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