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Latvian drunk driver charged after accident leaves woman in hospital with head injuries

PHUKET: A Latvian** man faces serious charges which may incur years in jail for a drunk-driving accident in Rawai last night (Sept 12) that left a local woman in hospital with head injuries.

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Wednesday 13 September 2017, 11:27AM

Latvian national Julian Ranmer, 35, as named by police, was charged for drunk driving after he initially refused to take a breath test after he rolled his car on the main road through Saiyuan last night.

Lt Sakkarin Sangjaroen of the Chalong Police together with rescue workers arrived at the scene, in front of the 7-Eleven store on Saiyuan Rd, at 8:30pm.

At the scene officers found a white Honda Jazz overturned in the middle of the road, with a damaged white Honda Wave motorbike lying just metres away.

The motorbike driver, Ampa Hnuon, 36, had suffered head injures and was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

A white Mazda CX5 sedan parked beside the road was also damaged.

“Mr Ranmer was driving at high speed and lost control of the vehicle, which struck the Mazda CX5 sedan parked beside the road,” Lt Sakkarin explained.

“After that, Mr Ranmer’s Honda Jazz rolled two times and collided with the motorbike, which was coming from the opposite direction,” he added.

“We asked Mr Ranmer to take a breath test, but he refused to cooperate. Instead he just kept talking in circles,” Lt Sakkarin noted.

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Officers then took Mr Ranmer to Chalong Police Station for further questioning.

“Finally he took the breath test and tested positive. At this stage we have charged him with drunk driving only. However, that charge may be increased, depending on Ms Ampa’s condition,” Lt Sakkarin said.

“We are waiting for doctors to confirm her status,” he added.

Under new drunk driving penalties introduced in 2015, drunk driving incurs up to one year imprisonment or a fine of B5,000 to B20,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for six months, while drunk driving causing bodily or mental harm to others may incur one to five years imprisonment or a fine of B20,000 to B100,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for up to one year.

However, the more grievous charge of drunk driving causing serious injury to others may incur two to six years imprisonment or a fine of B40,000 to B120,000 or both, and driver’s license suspended for up to two years.

Drunk driving causing death may incur three to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of B60,000 to B200,000 and the driver’s license will be revoked. (See details here.)

Additional Reporting by Premkamon Ketsara

** CORRECTION: Chalong Police later confirmed that Mr Ranmer is a Latvian national, not Russian as originally reported.



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malczx7r | 18 September 2017 - 12:12:12

Booah, well it's better research and an argument that you have put up other than to ridicule what I see. Whilst 99% may not be fully accurate, t sure counters your "non" argument of no counter claim. You carry on living life in cloud cuckoo land, i'll state what I see.

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Capt B | 18 September 2017 - 06:40:28

The 1st drunk driver almost killed me (I've been dead twice), the 2nd Drunk Driver, I almost killed him.
I just want you to know Horst, it is possible to get a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury whilst wearing a full face helmet.
The Drunk Driver: Lock Him Up & Throw Away The Key thanks.

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Bigaresort | 16 September 2017 - 08:44:43

Did she wear a Helmed???

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malczx7r | 15 September 2017 - 12:41:36

99% of people drunk after 10pm,  it's nonsense and absurd, you have figures to prove this is not the case?  I make this case as when i go out for a beer 1 or 2 times a week ( I walk by the way) everyone in a bar i see has a scooter outside, i see maybe 1 other person walking, the rest are all drinking and driving.

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MartinK | 14 September 2017 - 20:29:25

Curious as to the policy regarding photos of the accused.  Is it Phuket News policy or local police policy that accused Thai Nationals (regardless of the crime ) are blurred while foreign nationals, are shown clearly? 

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malczx7r | 14 September 2017 - 11:25:57

I remember the van driver crashing into the house and killing many, i think he got a 5000b fine from memory?

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Kurt | 14 September 2017 - 09:43:06

It looks like there are 3 groups to consider in thai law enforcement.
1: The rich, influential thai, they get away with everything. we all know why.
2: The 'poor' non influential thai, safari photo, slap on the wrist, 500 thb fine only, but the obsession about drugs over populate the thai prisons.
3: Foreigners, that are the big catches, money wise great opportunity to fill up saving pi...

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fedepar | 14 September 2017 - 09:33:22

To overturn his car in Sai Yuan, this man should have gone at a crazy speed.
Mr. Governor, you seem to be really concerned about the many problems of this island, but could you explain me why, in 12 years of being in Phuket, I often saw policemen stopping helmetless bikers (and I am happy to see it), I saw many people going at a crazy and irresponsile speed, but never saw a policeman stopping the...

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Timothy | 14 September 2017 - 08:56:22

How many times have we read that the driver has fled the scene? They all know that there is no consequence in running away to sober up. They are almost praised as being such good people because they later turned themselves into the police. Then, of course the road conditions are blamed for the accident. There was a bend in the road. The road was slippery due to rain. It was dark. The driver didn&#...

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BenPendejo | 13 September 2017 - 18:21:36

With the absence of an active police force...most drunk drivers realize they are unlikely to get caught, and that even if they do there are minimal consequences for their irresponsible actions.  Therefore, they roll the dice that they won't get caught, knowing that if the happen to get caught in a roadside checkpoint, they will likely be able to pay their way out.  And of course, drunk drivers...

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