Twenty-eight year old “Giftza” Piya Pongkulapa of the RS records girl group ‘Girly Berry’ refused to take a breathalyzer test at a DUI checkpoint on the mouth of Soi (Road) Thanon Phatthanakan 37. Giftza was driving a black Honda Fit license plate 2273 Bangkok. She drove to the checkpoint followed by a male friend, they had just came from drinking at Soi Thong Lo.
At first, Giftza refused to take the breathalyzer test and even threatened the police officers with a call from a superior officer that she knows. At the same time, she was calling a friend to come pick her up. The police officers refused to give in to all her nonsense.
As reporters arrived at the scene, Giftza went to sit in her friend’s car until 3 am to hide. Say what, you can do that? Delay the process. Later she came out and gave an interview to the reporters, she explained she has a celebrity friend who drank 2 glass of beer and was given a breathalyzer test which came out to be a blood alcohol level of 50 milligram per cent (.05%) because it was within the legal drinking limit, that person was not charged with DUI. Giftza said she would do the breathalyzer test once she feels better.
As she is waiting with the officers, she drank 3 bottle of water. Finally at 3:30am, 2 hours later, she took the breathalyzer test which came out to 82 milligram per cent (.082%) above the drinking limit of .05%. She was charged with DUI and sent to the Khlong tan Police Station.
On her twitter account the next day September 12, 2012, Giftza apologized to her fans, her record company RS, her friends and family and said she made a mistake, she was in the wrong. She will treat this as a life lesson that she will never do again.
When asked if she threatened the officers with a call from a superior officer she knows, she said she didn’t.
Giftza has been suspended by her record company for 3 months.
A very popular Girly Berry song ‘Featuring’