Red Bull heir arrested for killing a police officer

Vorayuth Yoovidhya 
By: Moses Gold 

Perhaps he drank too much Red Bull.

A grandson of the founder of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and then dragged his body through the streets of Bangkok in an early morning hit-and-run, police said.

Police arrested Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, for questioning after car oil lined several blocks to the gated estate of his family in a wealthy neighborhood of the Thai capital, officials said this week.

He was charged with homicide by reckless driving and was arrested but was released on bail of 500,000 baht or $15,900.

Vorayuth admitted to driving the charcoal gray sports car, but said the motorcycle that was driven by the police officer abruptly cut in front of his vehicle, said police Maj. Gen. Anuchai Lekbamroong.

Senior Bangkok police Lieutenant General Comronwit Toopgrajank said he took over the investigation after the local police superintendent tried to cover up the crime, turning in a false suspect.

Comronwit personally led a team of officers, who searched the compound of the late founder of Red Bull, Chaleo Yoovidhya, one of the richest men in Thailand, before he died this year, and seized a Ferrari with a badly damaged front bumper and broken windshield.

The victim, Wichean Glanprasert, 47, died while riding a patrol motorcycle before dawn.

The car dragged the officer and his motorcycle for several meters through a residential area.

Comronwit said he suspended the superintendent of police for trying to subvert the investigation.



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