PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered that the armed forces quickly locate and take action against a soldier who quarrelled with a police officer over his failure to wear a crash helmet while on a motorbike.
The quarrel was recorded and went viral on social media.
The video clip shows the soldier putting the helmet in his motorcycle basket and quarrelling with a police officer who challenged him.
"The prime minister has ordered that disciplinary action be taken against this soldier," Deputy Government spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
He said that given Prayut was a former military man, the PM wanted to apologise to the public over the incident.
"It's necessary that law enforcers strictly abide by laws," Sansern said.
Royal Thai Army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said the soldier in the clip was based in Surin.
"Based on a preliminary probe, records show he has stress problems," Winthai said, "His unit will investigate further whether his action was a result of his illness."
Winthai said the soldier would be sent for treatment if a mental illness played a role in his outburst and he would be disciplined if it did not.