Police seek rich-list heir after crash

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The heir to a multi-billion pound drinks carton empire is wanted for questioning over reports of failing to stop after an accident, police said today.

Officers want to talk to Hans Kristian Rausing, 44, heir to the Tetra Pak billions, after members of the public reported his car was being driven erratically.

Mr Rausing and his wife Eva, also 44, are currently on bail over alleged drugs offences after an incident earlier in the year.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a member of the public attended Ealing Police Station to report an Audi Quattro having failed to stop following being in collision with his vehicle in Chiswick at approximately 8.40pm on June 15.

"At 8.45pm we were contacted by a member of the public to reports of a car driving erratically on the M4 / A4.

"Officers attended an address in Chelsea to make further inquiries but the registered keeper of the vehicle was not at the address. Inquiries continue."

Mr Rausing's father, also called Hans, is a Swedish billionaire who built up the Tetra Pak empire with his late brother Gad.

His fortune is said to be around £5.4 billion, putting the family seventh on the Sunday Times Rich List.

On April 8, Mr Rausing and his wife were arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs after Mrs Rausing reportedly tried to smuggle small amounts of crack cocaine and heroin into the US embassy.

The couple were bailed pending further inquiries.