Joy-riding monk wraps sports car round a tree

Who Buddha thought it? Thapanat Chaiyasut, 31, took a friend's modified Nissan Silvia S15 for a spin before things went horribly wrong


A thrill-seeking monk who took a friend’s souped-up sports car for a spin lost control and wrapped it around a tree.

Thapanat Chaiyasut, 31, was just one day from leaving a strict monkhood in central Thailand when he got behind the wheel of an Orange Nissan Silvia S15 on Tuesday.

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But no sooner had he left the temple than he clipped a tree and spun out of control, trapping himself and one passenger in the wreckage.

Ohm, what happened? The driver was just one day from leaving a strict monkhood iwhen he got behind the wheel of an Orange Nissan Silvia S15
Ohm, what happened? The driver was just one day from leaving a strict monkhood iwhen he got behind the wheel of an Orange Nissan Silvia S15

Thapanat, who was found still wearing orange robes, suffered a broken arm and cuts to his leg while passenger Boonyarit Puengchareon, 19, was unconscious.

Both were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Police captain Kornvit Meedee from the Samshook district station said the monk had been speed testing the modified car.

‘Police arrived at the scene with ambulance staff from the Samshook hospital and we found the car crashed with Phra Thapanat inside.

The driver was not arrested or charged with any offences, police said.

The monks friends drove the car to visit him and he borrowed the car to take it for a celebratory spin.

But it seems it was a little more car than he could handle.

‘It was too fast for the monk to handle. The car is like the same one from the Fast and Furious movies.’

But no sooner had he left the temple than he clipped a tree and spun out of control, trapping himself and one passenger in the wreckage
But no sooner had he left the temple than he clipped a tree and spun out of control, trapping himself and one passenger in the wreckage
The driver was not arrested or charged with any offences, police said
The driver was not arrested or charged with any offences, police said

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