Dr. Yorn Chiranakhon, a senior public health official, has denied any wrongdoing after being charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. On the night of November 10th, CCTV caught his car ramming into the gate of Thailand’s Public Health Ministry before striking 22 year old security guard Somchai Yamdee. The car dragged Somchai for 20 meters who had 2 operations to address serious the brain injuries he suffered; he remains in a coma. Dr. Yorn claimed he didn’t see Somchai because it was dark and that he is willing to pay the medical costs. He refused to take a blood alcohol test after the incident.