Video of ‘drunk’ policeman goes viral but boss says he is sick
A video clip of a policeman falling off a motorcycle on to a path by the side of a road has gone viral on social media.
Netizens say the Phuket policeman was clearly drunk but the local police chief maintains he was just “sick”.
The clip shows the officer riding unsteadily on his bike on Thepkrasattri Road near the Heroines Monument and losing his balance.
Facebook users concluded he must have been drunk but that is disputed by Cherng Talay Police Chief Col Akanit Danpitaksart.
He says the officer in the clip works at his station and that the incident happened last Saturday afternoon after he had finished his shift.
“He has a personal health issue – Meniere’s Disease – where he loses his balance,” said the police chief. “The problem is inside his ears and he can’t control himself.
“He has broken his leg in a motorbike accident before. A metal implant has been put inside his leg as a result of the last accident”.
“He is also weak and cannot control the motorbike, and lost his balance. He tried to stop the motorbike on the side of the road. He was not drunk. Now he is on sick leave.”