Russian Motorbike Rider Fined 5,000 Baht After Being Caught Doing Wheelies in Phuket

Rawai –

A Russian motorbike rider was fined 5,000 baht after he was caught on camera while doing wheelies on a road in Rawai, Phuket.

The Phuket Provincial Police told the Phuket Express about the incident on Saturday (May 27th). Photos of a foreign rider who was doing wheelies on Sai Yaun Road had gone viral on Thai social media earlier this week and enraged Thai nationals who demanded the rider be found and arrested.

The Chalong Police continued their investigation and have identified the rider as Mr. Anatolii Shatalov, 26, a Russian national. On May 25th, the Russian rider presented himself to the Chalong Police and admitted that he was the person in the photos.

Anatolii is facing charges of reckless driving causing a public nuisance, and driving without a driving license. The Russian rider has admitted to the charges but did not clarify why he was breaking the road and traffic laws.

On Friday (May 26th) the Phuket Kwaeng Court judged the case and Anatolii was fined 5,000 Baht.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.