Police: Pattaya Bar Owner Defies Closing Order, Assaults Cops

CHONBURI — A bar owner in Pattaya is under arrest for allegedly assaulting police officers who told him to close down his bar during a Buddhist holiday in Thailand.

Officers were patrolling south Pattaya at around 4.30 am today to enforce the alcohol ban on Makha Bucha Day when they encountered a "karaoke bar" that was still serving customers. Police then reportedly instructed the owner to shut down the bar. 

However, the owner, who police say was in a drunken state, loudly berated the officers and charged at them, according to police reports. One of the officers was kicked to the ground, but the rest eventually tackled the owner and brought him to a police station for legal prosecution. 

Police say the manager of the karaoke bar has also been summoned to the police station to face charges of selling alcohol on a Buddhist holiday. In Thailand, alcohol sales are banned on all Buddhist holidays, except for in hotels and airports.

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