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Briton dies fleeing drug bust

A Briton, 60, was fatally injured while apparently speeding to escape being caught with drugs in Udon Thani on Thursday night, police said.


Police said David John Sewell was fatally injured when his Honda Civic crashed into the rear of a trailer truck on the Udon Thani-Sakon Nakhon road in Ban Nong Kae village in Tambon Nongkham in Muang district at about 9pm.


Sewell’s car was spotted parked in Ban Nong Sai village by a patrol car led by Pol Lt Col Pattanawong Chanpol, deputy chief of the Muang Udon Thani.

Pattanapong noticed that the driver’s door was open so he approached but Sewell drove off and crashed into a truck.

He died at Udon Thani provincial hospital.

Police found a tiny bag of marijuana on the front passenger seat.

Pattanawong said found four more small bags of marijuana, 80 methamphetamine pills, five bags of crystal meth and seven bags of cocaine.

Police later found out that Sewell had been staying at the Ton Tal Resort in Ban Nong Bu village in Tambon Samprao for a few years.

His Thai wife was there and was informed about the accident by the police.

The wife, who came from Bangkok, claimed that she knew nothing about the drugs and she thought Sewell drove out every night to drink with friends in Udon Thani.

Police found more marijuana hidden in the room and detained the wife for further questioning.


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