A 22-year-old youth was detained after he crashed his Toyota Yaris car into a security checkpoint on Phahonyothin road in Don Mueang area killing a traffic police officer on duty last night.
He was later charged with drink driving, in addition to causing death and reckless driving, after blood alcohol test showed the amount of alcohol exceeding permitted amount.
The driver, Tanapakit Supina, was slightly injured although his car was badly damaged.
The incident happened at about 11.30pm near Soi Phahonyothin 56 on Kilometre 22 of the highway.
The killed officer was identified as Pol Sen Sgt Anusorn Manolek, 48, from the Police Central Traffic Division.
According to traffic police deputy commander Pol Col Ektinakorn Natamangkang said about 10 police officers were at the checkpoint to check passing vehicles.
As the police stopped a motorcycle for check, driver of the car which was following behind didn’t stop but tried to outrun the police.
But the car lost balance and hit the officer and other vehicles parked by the roadside, killing him on the spot.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)