THE nephew of street protest leader and key founder of Ruam Phalang Phracharat Thai Party Suthep Thaugsuban was bashed up by guards of an entertainment center in Ekamai soi 6 after a collision with a taxi at 5.30 a.m. this morning (July 19, 2019), Sanook.com reported.
Thonglor police rushed to the scene of the accident and punch-up where they found a Toyota taxi with the rear bumper yanked off, and a Honda sedan, driven by Mr Ben Thaugsuban, with front left side dented and the lights broken.
Eyewitnesses told police that moments before the crash the taxi came down the soi, seeming to turn into Ekamai to go to Phetburi road, but very suddenly u-turned leading to the sedan following behind hitting its rear hard.
Ben said he was heading for Onnut area with his girlfriend when he hit the taxi, which had suddenly u-turned in the middle of the road. As the taxi driver was in the wrong, he came out to ask him why he so suddenly u-turned, but the cabbie instead blasted him for not braking on time.
As u-turning in the middle of the road is against the regulations, he got angry and hit the taxi with a baseball bat. After that guards at the entertainment center opposite came and bashed him up.
Ben admitted that he was a little drunk, but not a lot so, because he last had a drink at 1 a.m. and the accident occurred after 5 a.m..
As he is currently recuperating in a hospital with a broken foot bone and head injuries, he has not yet personally filed a police report, with his girlfriend having done so in stead.
Top: Ben after he was punched up early this morning, at left, and the taxi he hit at right. Photo: Sanook.com