Aussie tourist arrested over road rage attack in Thailand

The man and a friend reportedly fought with a minibus driver on the side of a busy road.

An Australian tourist has been arrested over a road rage attack as police continue to search for his friend.

The holidaymaker, named by cops only as Navale, reportedly fought with minibus driver Monnaphan Makaraphan after they allegedly cut each other off on Chaofa East Road in Phuket, Thailand on May 29.

Both men stopped on the side of the road in the rain to settle the dispute, but when they couldn't come to an agreement, Navale and his friend Haider allegedly smashed the side mirrors on Monnaphan's vehicle. The pair hopped back into their red Toyota Yaris hatchback and reportedly left the scene.

Footage stills of the men fighting on the side of the road, leading to the tourist's arrest.
Footage of the road rage incident was captured by witnesses. Source: Viral Press/Australscope

Following the road rage incident, Monnaphan filed a report with the Chalong Police, which then transferred the case to the Vichit Sub-district Police Station because it has jurisdiction over the road.

Vichit police officers identified and arrested Navale on May 30.

The tourist allegedly confessed to the vandalism, saying he and his friend were angered by Monnaphan's constant honking. He was charged with threatening other people and causing loss of property.

Police are now hunting his companion Haider from Dubai, who allegedly fled the scene. They said he will also be prosecuted once he is caught.

The broken side mirror.
The Aussie tourist and his friend are accused of smashing a driver's side mirror. Source: Viral Press/Australscope

Aussie arrested over fight at Thailand kebab shop

The recent incident comes just one month after another Aussie tourist was arrested over a fight outside a kebab shop when they tried to jump the queue in Phuket, Thailand.

The 34-year-old was among a group of holidaymakers allegedly seen on video throwing punches and hurling chairs outside the restaurant earlier this week.

The man and his friends had allegedly sparked a mass punch-up when they attended a kebab stall in the early hours of the morning, reportedly demanding to be served despite a long queue of customers waiting.

When staff refused to serve them, the drunk tourists allegedly threw bottles and a chaotic brawl ensued, with employees seen on video whacking the holidaymakers with kitchen utensils, mops, pipes, and chairs.

Viral Press/Australscope

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