A Singaporean man brought his long stay in Thailand to a celebratory conclusion when he was found parading through town drunk and naked – and five years past his visa date.
The man, identified only as Chow Chung Cheng, is due in court today, four days after police responding to a noise complaint found him cruising down a street in his birthday suit. Fortunately, his arresting officers had some clothes to loan him when they took him into custody.
Police in Korat, Thailand, told Coconuts that after Chow was arrested Sunday, a check of his immigration status found his departure was five years overdue.
“He was drunk and walking around with no clothes. After officers performed a thorough search, they discovered he was Singaporean with a visa to stay in Thailand until March 14, 2015,” police said in an online Thai cop zine.
It said he was spotted by a patrol outside a condo on Manasilp Road. He’s been charged with overstaying his visa, public intoxication, and indecent exposure.
After Chow appears in court, he will be taken to the Nakhon Ratchasima province’s Immigration Bureau, said immigration deputy superintendent Monphrop Rattanadilok na Phuket. From there, he’ll transferred to the dire limbo that is the Immigration Detention Facility in downtown Bangkok, roughly 260 kilometers away.
The Bangkok facility is known for dire conditions and overcrowding with entire families of foreign nationals waiting indefinitely for their cases to move forward.
Monphrop said that the police were responding to a noise complaint at the time of the arrest.
Police photos shared Sunday showed the Singaporean man dressed in a yellow polo shirt and striped shorts with his unmasked face censored. One photo showed him standing beside an officer and police car, while another showed him sitting inside a police station.
Additional reporting Thitima Sukontaros.
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