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Drunk Benz Driver Runs Checkpoint, Kills 3 Utility Workers

Drunk Benz DRiver Kills 3 Hurts 2 in Sattahip
Not much was left of the Benz. (Photo: Pattaya Mail, with permission)

Three people were killed and two injured when a drunk Mercedes-Benz driver broke through a police checkpoint and plowed into a group of electrical workers in Sattahip.

Rittirong Meechoksom, 49, gave police the middle finger as he broke through the checkpoint on Highway 3126 between U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport and the Sattahip Naval Base April 5. Officers jumped out of the way and pursued the speeding Benz in their pickup.

Rittirong didn’t get far, losing control of the luxury sedan, crossing lanes and slamming into a crew burying electricity lines on the roadside.

Two Burmese men, ages 19 and 30, and Preecha Sae-Ue, 58, died at the scene or later at Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center. Another Thai man was injured and treated there as well.

Rittirong suffered broken ribs and was taken to the hospital under police guard. A blood test confirmed he was far over the legal limit for alcohol.

This story first appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.