Vorayuth Yoovidhya, Red Bull heir, arrested for Thai hit-and-run


The Red Bull founder's grandson, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, was arrested on a hit-and-run charge on September 3, 2012.


Ker Robertson

Vorayuth Yoovidhya, a grandson of Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhaya, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of being involved in a hit-and-run of a policeman in Bangkok, the Associated Press reported.

The AP said he was allegedly driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a street during the early morning hours. Police took in the 27-year-old for questioning after tracing oil streaks back to the family's gated estate.

The BBC said Bangkok's police chief took over the investigation after a lower-level officer was suspected of covering up the matter.

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The Bangkok Post reported that Yoovidhya, who is known as Boss, confessed to the charge. The police officer who was killed, Sgt. Maj. Wichean Glanprasert, was riding a motorcycle, and suffered a broken neck and several broken bones.

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The AP reported that Yoovidhya faces charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping arrest, but was released on a $15,900 bail.

The police chief who took over the case, Lt. Gen. Comronwit Toopgrajank, said, "A policeman is dead. I can’t let this stand. If I let this case get away, I’d rather quit," according to the AP. "I don’t care how powerful they are. If I can’t get the actual man in this case, I will resign."

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