A Briton, 60, was fatally injured while apparently speeding to escape being caught with drugs in Udon Thani on Thursday night, police said.
Deputy chief of Udon Thani Provincial Police Station, Pol Lt Col Pattanawong said as soon as police reached the car, the driver, a foreign man, panicked.
“He was visibly surprised when he saw us and immediately shut the door and took off. At that moment it became clear that he had something illegal in his car and called for backup.”
The routine patrol turned into a high-speed chase as the man, who was later identified as David John Sewell, 60, turned onto Highway 22 between Udon Thani and Sakhon Nakhon province.
Several police cars coming from both directions started to pursue Mr Sewell’s Honda Civic bearing the license plate กน 5876 Udon Thani.
The chase came to an abrupt end when Mr Sewell’s car collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler at kilometre 18 located between the villages of Nikhom Nong Tan Nong Kae.
“The crash happened at about 21:00. We immediately called for an ambulance,” Pol Lt Col Pattanawong described the events.
Pol Lt Col Pattanawong said police were informed by the hospital’s emergency unit that the victim’s bag had also been found inside the wreckage and it contained many types of illicit drugs.
An examination found four plastic bags of dried marijuana, 80 methamphetamine pills, 5 small bags of crystal methamphetamine and 7 small bags of cocaine.
According to farang-deaths Police contacted Mr Sewell’s 47-year-old wife who was only named as Maen from Bangkok.
She told police that she had been married to Mr Sewell for about two years.
She told police her husband often went out to meet foreign friends at a restaurant in the down-town area.
Before the fatal crash, he had told her he was going to meet his friends as usual.
Despite denying any involvement in her husband’s drug dealing business, police detained her after they found more marijuana hidden in their house.
Further investigation into the case revealed that Mr Sewell had been living in Udon Thani for several years.
He reportedly made a living by selling drugs to mostly foreigners in his area.
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