Public health doctor to face drink and reckless driving charges

Nonthaburi provincial police are charging a public health doctor of the Ministry of Public Health after he refused to a breathalyser test shortly after he crashed his car into a guard whose body was dragged several metres away from the crash scene last Friday night (Nov 10).

Police said Dr Yorn Chiranakhon refused to submit to the alcohol test, therefore under the law, he was considered drink driving and will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, in addition to reckless driving that resulted in serious injury to other.

The guard at the Ministry of Public Health, identified as Somchai Yamdee, is still in coma at Phra Nang Klao hospital.

The incident happened at Gate 2 of the Bamrasnaradura Instutute on Nov 10.

Dr Yorn admitted to drive the car that crashed into the guard, but said it was unintentional.

He said it was dark at the scene and he heard somebody shouted that a man was under his car.

He then stopped the car.

He declined to elaborate if he offered any help to the victim, saying only that he had told everything to the police.

He also denied he was drunk during the incident, but assured he would take full responsibility for the medical bills of the victim.

Phra Nang Klao hospital doctor Sakol Sukprom said Mr Somchai had undergone two brain surgeries after his condition deteriorated from internal bleeding.

He remained in coma, the doctor said.