Thailand is the land of the free. You are free to get high on meth, smash your BMW into eight other cars in the centre of Bangkok, injure three people, get sent to hospital instead of jail (even though you are not injured yourself), and still get a new driving license three months later. Provided, of course, that you are rich, famous and have enormous breast implants.
Private Tye reported on the incident when this “Zombie” driver first came to the attention of the public beyond the social media. Now it appears she is going to get a new driving license.
“Zombie” is one of those products of the plastic surgeons art who spend all their time shopping, getting high and wondering around Bangkok’s fashionable bars and clubs. However, she has 250,000 adoring followers on facebook. Looking at the endless selfies on her facebook page you see that not all of her followers are sex starved men, some are girls, presumably Zombie wannabes. Its seems she provides a valuable role model for Thailand’s youth.
The report from Khaosod English (6 Feb):
Millionaire Pretty’ Who Hit 8 Cars Cleared for New License
BANGKOK — Police said Monday they’re not sure why an internet celeb accused of crashing into eight cars while under influence of meth two months ago was allowed to take a test to regain her license to drive.
Despite facing a criminal trial for DUI stemming from the November incident, Kritrada “Zomy” Tabtimphol posted a photo of herself sitting for a written driving test on Saturday, which the officers in charge of her case said they were at a loss to explain.
“I didn’t think she could do that,” Col. Arkom Chantanalat, chief of Huai Khwang police, said by telephone. “Maybe the Land Transport Department is unaware of information about her case?”
Arkom later said he was informed by the department that barring a conviction or special court order, Kritrada was entitled to get a new license.
Arkom said his force revoked Kritrada’s driving license after she crashed her BMW into eight cars on Nov. 1 and caused traffic mayhem on Ratchadapisek Road with her erratic behavior. Three people were injured.
But Kritrada, who came to fame as a commercial model, or Pretty, posted a photo of her written exam for a new driving license on Saturday. While many comments were posted in support of Kritrada, others chastised her for taking the test while her criminal case is ongoing.
Kritrada appeared to have either deleted the photo or made it private by Monday afternoon. She did not respond to a reporter’s messages requesting comment.
Arkom, the police station chief, said police and the department don’t share a database of offenders barred from driving due to traffic-related criminal cases.
“This is an issue about systems that need improving and linking with each other, and areit’s not updated,” Arkom said.
The Nov. 1 crash caught widespread attention particularly because of the bizarre behavior Kritrada exhibited after exiting her vehicle. Not only did she shout there was a bomb in her car, she also prayed and danced when policemen tried to question her. She later fainted at the police station and was taken to a hospital by her family.
Lab results sent to police later revealed she was under influence of methamphetamines at the time of the incident, police said. Kritrada was subsequently charged with DUI and other related offenses. She was freed on bail.