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Burnt-out remains of the car from which the Russian escaped today

Phuket Escape From Blazing Car and Cliff for Lucky Russian Driver

Friday, July 26, 2013
PHUKET: A Russian man who crashed his car on Phuket and watched it burn was just meters from a fatal plunge over a cliff, police said today.

Maxim Kasutin, 27, was probably drunk and lost at the time, the officers added.

He escaped when the Silver Honda Accord crashed into an improvised water tank at a Burmese laborers' camp in southern Phuket and probably watched it burst into flames.

The crash came at 1.30am on a dirt track off Yodsanae Road, which runs off Chao Fa Road West in the backblocks of Chalong.

Mr Kasutin left the scene and it wasn't until 7.30am that his relatives contacted Chalong Police Station to report the crash, police said.

They believed Mr Kasutin had been visiting a friend but in the early morning darkness lost his way and crashed and had probably been drinking.

A 10-metre drop over a cliff was just a metre away.

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With these sorts of stories I'd suggest it's perhaps best if comments/observations weren't permitted as it allows a certain type of correspondent to vent their particular prejudices which are not really in anyone's interest. I know the editor takes all off-the-wall commentators to task, but I'm sure he has better things to do than to respond to the ill-considered vapourings of some contributors to Phuketwan.

Posted by Kaen Phet on July 26, 2013 17:21

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''ill-considered vapourings''? I think you've just given me a new response for up-market readers who have nothing of value to say. Thank you.
Comments are seldom blocked because I'm here to bat away the bulldust or dispel the vaporings with a well-placed fart. There are days when instead of reporting I am mostly batting and farting. But i prefer that to shutting down Comments.

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That's a real "Vodka Burner" huh?! Amazing with all these russians, sooner or later they'll beat the Aussies in statistics for outrageous and outlandish, but sadly also very dangerous behavior.

Posted by Kamil on July 27, 2013 03:37

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Single car accident driver disappears to hes fit to be interviewed dont have to be sherlock holmes to figure out this one,he had better own that car or the firm he hired it from will make jet ski accident demands look like small change.

Posted by slickmelb on July 27, 2013 05:53

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Age 27, Highly unlikely he owns the car. One needs a Non-immigrant O visa or a work permit, to own a car along with a certificate of residence. I highly doubt he has any of these documents. If he rented most Thai rentals want the Passport of any Russian renting anything-along with a hefty deposit. Maybe it is a friends car?? If not he is in for a very expensive ride as you mentioned. Along with driving while drunk and the Thai Police it was a very unlucky day for this Russian lad.

Posted by Capealava on July 27, 2013 08:53

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Guesswork, Capealava.

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"Highly unlikely he owns the car. One needs a Non-immigrant O visa or a work permit, to own a car along with a certificate of residence."
To have a car registered in ones name a passport is required, along with certificate of residence or workpermit or housepaper. Certificate of residence can even be issued on a visa exempt entry.

Posted by stevenl on July 27, 2013 11:01


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