Actor and taxi driver settle in after road rage incident

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A policeman examines the damaged Porsche of actor Mario Maurer, 29 (orange T-shirt, right) after an angry taxi driver used a slingshot to smash a side window near the Pratunam intersection in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district on Monday evening. (Photo from Pipatpon Bond’s Facebook page)

Actor Mario Maurer struck a deal with a taxi driver who used a slingshot to smash a side window on his Porsche during a road rage feud in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district.

No one was injured in the incident in the Pratunam area on Monday evening.

Discussions between Mario, 29, and taxi driver Udon Sutthipon, 37, ended amicably as the actor decided not to take legal action against the taxi driver. The two men shook hands at Phaya Thai police station, Thai media reported on Tuesday.

However, police have laid two charges against Mr Udon – causing property damage and an attempted assault.

The actor-model and the driver argued loudly, passing each other several times on the road around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Police were called and reported finding a black Porsche belonging to the actor parked by the side of the road, with a broken driver’s window. Nearby was a parked yellow cab, with the driver’s side window also broken. The two men were waiting at the scene.

Mr Udon told police he was traveling along Rama VI Road, intending to turn right onto Phetchaburi Road. As he approached the Urupong intersection, the black Porsche suddenly passed his vehicle. This pissed him off and he and the other driver exchanged words and continued to pass each other along the road, media reported.

Arriving at the Pratunam intersection, Mr Udon said, he angrily fired a slingshot at the Porsche from his cabin.

Mario then stopped and parked along Prachaprarop Road. Police called to the scene took the two men to Phaya Thai Police Station for questioning.

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