Cops Told to ‘Be Smart’ After DUI Suspect Dies in Custody

Small policepost in Thailand

Small police station in Thailand. Photo: Mattes. CC BY-SA 3.0.

BANGKOK — Police stations across Bangkok were instructed Wednesday to be more mindful of the health of intoxicated suspects after a university student died in police custody last week.

Police said Sitthisawat Iamlapha, 21, died of heart failure early Saturday morning in a cell at the Bang Na Police Station, where police locked him up on suspicion of driving under the influence. Bangkok police commander Sanit Mahatavorn has ordered a disciplinary investigation into the matter.

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By Teeranai Charuvastra
Khaosod English

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