Emergency Prank Calls Revealed to be Accidents

Supot Angkham, 29, showing his phone to police at Hua Hin station, 28 Feb 2015.

PRACHUAP KIRI KHAN – A man arrested for prank calling an emergency hotline has been released after police determined he didn't make the calls intentionally.

Supot Angkham, 29, was summoned to Hua Hin Police Station this morning for calling Thailand’s 191 emergency hotline more than 100 times over the past few months, said Pol.Maj.Gen. Kitsana Chaemsawang, commander of Prachuap Kiri Khan Provincial Police.

After interrogating him, police determined that Supot's phone was dialing the emergency number without his knowledge.

"The number 191 was set as emergency number in the phone," Pol.Maj.Gen. Kitsana told reporters. "I believe Mr. Supot had no clue about it, and he had no intention to do such thing. So we reprimanded him and inspected his phone before we released him. Mr. Supot apologized to us about what happened."

Pol.Maj.Gen. Kitsana added that police are still investigating other serial prank callers, including an individual who reportedly called the emergency number 2,000 times in the past few months. 

"I would like to warn all these reckless individuals and prank callers to 191 that their action violates the law. They can be prosecuted," Pol.Maj.Gen. Kitsana said, "Please reserve that number for people in trouble who want to call for help."

 

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