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Kicking cop just doing his job as taxi driver faces summons

A Pattaya traffic cop who was caught on film kicking out at a taxi says he was just doing his job and was trying to stop being hit by the cab fleeing the scene.
The taxi was parked in a red and white stripe area on Saturday as Pol Lt Wasathorn Iam-samang moved in to investigate.
The driver was from Bangkok and had no licence – all he had was a ticket from the capital to show that he had been stopped for not having a permit to drive.
Pol Lt Wasathorn told Daily News that the driver was speaking like a gangster. He had come down from Bangkok to deliver a passenger and was waiting to go back.
He said that the driver refused to get out then revved and moved off – the kick occurred in an attempt to get out of the way.
The police contacted the driver who has said Pattaya is too far to go and pay a fine.
So now they have issued a summons on three charges – illegal parking, dangerous parking and not having a licence.
If he fails to appear he faces arrest.
Station chief Pol Col Apichai Krobpetch has investigated and appears satisfied that his lieutenant was acting lawfully. P1 -EP


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