Dramatic footage shows a high-speed police chase with a pick-up truck – after a Good Samaritan motorbike rider let a gun-wielding cop ride pillion.
The 21-year-old driver of the silver Isuzu D Max was involved in a hit-and-run in Krabi. It then broke through a police check point.
Several police cars gave chase – before a brave civilian in shorts and flip-flops offered to help with his powerful blue Honda bike.
Have-a-go-hero Chainarong Sookoon, 30, kept his cool, giving chase as a policeman sat on the back while letting out several rounds from a handgun at the runaway truck.
One of the the bullets punctured a wheel, but the fugitive continued driving even with sparks flying over the road. Officers eventually surrounded the car and arrested the driver, Kietisak Srisaema, who allegedly tested positive for drugs.
The suspect was arrested and told police he had an argument with his wife before taking off in his pick-up truck. He was ”stressed” from work and his relationship.
Police Colonel Kritsanat Wongklaharn from the Ao Lueak district station praised have-a-go-hero Chainarong for his bravery.
He said: ”Radio calls were received at approximately 10am informing us that a pick-up truck had fled the scene of an accident.
”The truck refused to stop at police checkpoints and four cars gave chase. One motorbike rider who is a member of the public also offered to help. His actions were courageous and in the spirit of helping the community.”
The pillion policeman fired several shots at the pick-up truck but it carried on driving. After around ten minutes of pursuit, officers surrounded the car and forced it to stop.
The suspect, Kietisak Srisaema, had been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving and failing to stop after an accident.