Kiwi brothers reportedly arrested in Thailand after wrestling, injuring police officer

Two Kiwi brothers visiting Thailand have been arrested after allegedly wrestling and injuring a local police officer to the ground and snatching his gun, according to local media. 

On Saturday afternoon, the pair were ordered to stop in the Phuket town of Chalong after allegedly speeding on motorcycles and failing to stay in the left lane. 

Chalong Police Senior Sergeant Maj Somsak Noo-iad was reportedly ignored by the brothers, so he chased after them as they sped away.  

The pair finally stopped after a high-speed chase before shouting at the officer, the Bangkok Post reports.

Noo-iad used his phone to film their reaction, before the pair allegedly attacked the officer, forced him to the ground and snatched his gun.  

The report said that during the tussle, the gun went off once but the bullet did not injure anyone.

Nearby officers then rushed to the scene, where they arrested both men.  

The pair have been arrested after wrestling a police officer to the ground and injuring him.
The pair have been arrested after wrestling a police officer to the ground and injuring him. Photo credit: Bangkok Post

The pair were later charged with robbery, obstruction of police duty, physical attack against a policeman, driving without a licence and bribery.  

Chief of Chalong station Colonel Ekarat Plaiduang said both men were detained at the station on Sunday and would be brought on Monday to the Phuket Provincial Court, where a request to extend their detention would be lodged.  

Police claim after being arrested, both men offered a bribe, which was declined.

Noo-iad was injured on his fingers and arms and was treated and discharged from hospital.   

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the reports, but had not been approached for assistance.