Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya accused of killing policeman after Ferrari hit-and-run in Thailand
The heir to the Red Bull empire has been arrested on suspicion of killing a police officer in a hit-and-run incident in Bangkok, Thailand.
Police arrested Vorayuth Yoovidhya after tracing streaks of oil from the scene of the accident to his family’s estate in a wealthy neighbourhood of the Thai capital.
The 27-year-old admitted his involvement in the accident but says the police officer’s motorcycle cut in front of his vehicle abruptly.
He faces charges of causing death by reckless and escaping arrest, but was released on bail.
Bangkok's top police official, Lt. Gen. Comronwit Toopgrajank, said he took charge of the investigation after the local police superintendent tried to cover up the crime by turning in a bogus suspect.
Gen. Comronwit said he suspended the police superintendent for attempting to subvert the investigation.
"A policeman is dead. I can't let this stand. If I let this case get away, I'd rather quit," he said. "I don't care how powerful they are. If I can't get the actual man in this case, I will resign."
Gen. Comronwit said personally led a team of officers who searched the family estate, confiscating a Ferrari with a badly damaged front bumper and broken windscreen.
The Yoovidhya family was ranked the fourth richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of £3.39 billion.
Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya died in his 80s in March, leaving his heirs a wide range of businesses, including shares in the brand, hospitals and property.
The family also co-owns the sole authorised importer of Ferrari cars in Thailand.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 4 African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Out-of-touch MPs ‘don’t get it’, says ex-Civil Service chief
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales / Account Manager is re...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Software Application Developer (C# & ASP.Net, SQL S...
£12047 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Part Time Payroll Officer required for t...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...