A policeman caught carrying a loaded gun and crystal meth at the Khok Wua intersection protest site on Tuesday night faces three serious charges and a disciplinary probe that might result in his dismissal from the force.
Pol Maj-General Adul Narongsak, spokesman for the Metropolitan Police, said Sergeant Pattara Phet-avudh was detained at 11.30pm by guards of the anti-government movement.
He was sent to Samranrat Police Station to be booked for possessing an illicit substance, carrying a gun and ammunition in public without a sound reason, and violating Article 18(4) of the Internal Security Act.
Pol Maj-General Anucha Romyanant said Pattara had not been assigned any duty related to the protest or near the rally site and had a record of misconduct.
He was subject to a disciplinary probe before this latest episode.
Pattara, who worked at the Police Museum, said he went shopping for clothing near the intersection but someone had pushed his motorbike near the protest guards’ checkpoint, so he went to get it and identified himself as a policeman.
The guards then searched and assaulted him before sending him to police, he said, while admitting to carrying a gun and taking the pack of “ice” from a friend for his personal use. Protest guard Pongpan Sema, 50, said Pattara chased some vocational students who served as guards, so they chased and searched him and found the gun and the drugs.