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Red Bull heir 'dragged policeman to his death after hitting him with Ferrari'

3 September 2012

Grandson of Red Bull creator arrested on suspicion of causing a fatal hit-and-run in Bangkok.

Police discovered a damaged Ferrari belonging to the suspect in his late grandfather’s compound

An heir to the Red Bull energy drink empire has been arrested on suspicion of killing a policeman on a pre-dawn motorcycle patrol in a hit-and-run accident in Bangkok.

The grandson of Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya is suspected of driving the charcoal Ferrari that knocked down Wichean Glanprasert in an early-morning hit-and-run.

The 47-year-old officer’s body and motorcycle were dragged several dozen metres through residential streets.

Yoovidhya, thought to be in his late 20s, was taken in for questioning after police allegedly traced oil streaks for several blocks to his family's gated estate in a wealthy neighborhood Bangkok.

Bangkok's most senior police official, Comronwit Toopgrajank, took charge of the investigation after claiming a lower-ranking officer had turned in a bogus suspect in an attempt to cover up the crime.

A team of officers searched the late Red Bull founder’s compound and confiscated a dark grey Ferrari with a dented front bumper.

Comronwit suspended the police officer who attempted to subvert the investigation, saying: 'I don't care how powerful they are. If I can't get the actual man in this case, I will resign.'

The Yoovidhya family was ranked the fourth richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $5.4billion.  Chaleo Yoovidhya, who was in his 80s, died in March.

The family also co-owns a company that is the sole authorised importer of Ferrari in Thailand.

From the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197528/Vorayuth-Yoovidhya-Red-Bull-heir-accused-killing-policeman-hit-run-accident-Ferrari.html#ixzz25SMui1xN