Phuket Overstay Incident: Australian Man Arrested After Escaping Hospital


On Wednesday, March 6th, the Phuket Provincial Police apprehended a 26-year-old Australian man at a hotel near the Sri Kor Intersection in Kathu. The man had reportedly overstayed his visa by 34 days.

The backstory involves a road accident that occurred on January 31st, 2024, between the Australian man and a Thai individual. Both parties sustained injuries. Following the accident, the Australian man received medical treatment at a hospital in Phuket City. However, he managed to escape from the hospital before settling his bill.

The hospital has now filed a report against him, seeking payment of 178,185 baht for his treatment. Additionally, the Australian man allegedly evaded paying the Thai victim, as the police were unable to contact him at the accident scene before his arrest.

The suspect, who was not identified by police by name, was attempting to evade authorities over the bill and medical claims by the Thai victim and had been on overstay as a result.

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.