Police seized about 50 one-metre-long illegal logs on a Lampang road late Tuesday night, but the suspected smuggler managed to flee.
Police in a patrol car from the Thung Fai police station in Lampang’s Muang district spotted a pickup truck with the logs on the Lampang-Jaehom road at 12.05am on Wednesday.
Police in the patrol car pursued the pickup and signalled it to stop, but the driver sped off and stopped on the roadside beside a forest in Ban Wang Ngern village in Tambon Nikhom Pattana. The driver then fled into the dark forest.
Police checked the back of the pickup and found that it carried shot logs cut from protected hardwood trees.
Police will summon the owner of the pickup truck for questioning.