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Bangkok - A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink had been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in a hit-and-run, police said on Monday.
Police took Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, for questioning after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his family’s estate in the Thai capital.
He was facing charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest by police but was released on bail.
Vorayuth admitted he drove the sports car but said the police officer’s motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle, said Anuchai Lekbamroong, the lead investigator in the case.
Bangkok’s top police official, Lieutenant-General Comronwit Toopgrajank, said he took charge of the investigation after a lower-ranking policeman initially tried to cover up the crime by turning in a bogus suspect. Comronwit himself led a team of officers to search the compound of the late Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, and confiscated a Ferrari with a badly damaged front bumper and broken windshield.
The victim, Sergeant Major Wichean Glanprasert, 47, was killed during a motorcycle patrol before dawn.
Vorayuth did not speak to the media but the family lawyer said the family would take responsibility for the damages. – Sapa-AP