Truck Pursued by Police Injures 18 in Ekkamai

BANGKOK — A police pursuit ended with 18 people injured in the capital’s Ekkamai area after the driver of a delivery truck plowed through a roadblock and damaged dozens of cars Wednesday afternoon.

Police opened fire on the truck driven by Ekkapoj Yodsiri, 27, who they managed to arrest and take to the Thonglor Police Station for questioning.

No one was seriously injured, but more than 30 vehicles were damaged in the incident, which took place in front of the Big C store near Soi Ekkamai 8. Police temporarily closed Soi Sukhumvit 63 to traffic.

Police had been chasing Ekkapoj from the Phaya Thai district. They found a gram of meth, or ya ice, in his possession and said he confessed to being high for three days.

Ekkapoj was charged with reckless driving and drug possession, according to Lt. Col. Wasu Chueput of Thonglor Police Station.

Bangkok police chief Sanit Mahathavorn, seated at right next to the unidentified suspect, speaks to reporters Wednesday afternoon in Bangkok.
Bangkok police chief Sanit Mahathavorn, seated at right next to the unidentified suspect, speaks to reporters Wednesday afternoon in Bangkok.