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Red Bull Heir Arrested in Hit-and-Run Death of Policeman

Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27. Getty Images.

Police in Bangkok, Thailand, arrested Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, for allegedly running over and dragging a police officer while recklessly driving a Ferrari. The victim, Sgt. Maj. Wichean Glanprasert, 47, was on a motorcycle patrol early Monday morning when police say he was struck and dragged for several meters by a Ferrari driven by Yoovidhya, the grandson of late Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya. Police traced a trail of gasoline to Yoovidhya family’s estate, where they found a Ferrari with a badly damaged front end. Voovidhya was charged with causing death by reckless driving and escaping arrest and was released on 500,000 baht ($15,900) bail.

A local police superintendent was suspended after allegedly trying to derail the investigation into Voovidhya by turning in a fake suspect. According to Forbes, the Yoovidhya family is the fourth richest in Thailand. Lt. Gen. Comronwit Toopgrajank, Bangkok’s top police official, told press, ”A policeman is dead. I can’t let this stand. If I let this case get away, I’d rather quit. 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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