UPDATE: Australian Man Faces Several Legal Charges After Road Rage Incident in Phuket

Wichit, Phuket –

An Australian driver is facing two legal charges after a road rage incident in which he destroyed a minivan’s side mirror in Wichit, Mueang Phuket.

Our previous story:

The minivan driver, Mr. Monnapan Makarapan, told the Phuket Express that he filed a report to the Chalong Police on Monday (May 29th). He told police that there was a road rage incident with his minivan and a sedan whose driver was a male foreigner.

Now for the update:

The minivan driver Mr. Monnapan told police the sedan driven by a foreigner immediately swerved in front of his minivan and suddenly braked. The minivan driven by Mr. Monnapan almost collided with the sedan.

After that the minivan and the sedan stopped at a red light. Monnapan got out of his vehicle and walked to the sedan to ask the driver why he drove so carelessly but the sedan driver allegedly tried to crash into him.

Monnapan got back into his minivan and drove when the light turned green. The two drivers, however, continued to harass each other with Monnapan honking his horn continuously and then both vehicles stopped on the road side before the foreigner hit and smashed the minivan’s side mirror and then fled.

The Wichit Police Chief Colonel Chatree Chookaew told the Phuket Express on Tuesday (May 30th) that the male foreigner in the video is identified as an Australian man (Police did not give his name and age). He was called to the police station but his Dubai-based friend who was with him during the incident fled out of fear of legal repercussions.

The Australian man is facing two charges which are damaging other people’s property and threatening others. The Australian man was bailed. However on May 31st police will file the case to a district court.

The Australian man reportedly admitted that he was angry after the minivan driver honked his horn repeatedly while chasing after him. The Australian man also stated that the minivan driver was in his opinion the initial aggressor, having got out of his vehicle to confront the foreigner.


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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.