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Red Bull heir charged in Thai police officer's death

Wanna bet he gets off?

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- The grandson of the
creator of Red Bull energy drink allegedly crashed his Ferrari into a
Thai police officer, killing him, and then fled the scene, Bangkok
police said Monday.
The controversy over the
arrest of Vorayud Yoovidhaya, 27, who is a prominent member of one of
Thailand's richest families, resulted in the suspension of a police
officer accused of having another person pretend to have been driving
Yoovidhaya's car.
Police Sgt. Major Wichien
Klanprasert was responding to a robbery call when his motorcycle was
hit by what a witness described as a black sports car at 5 a.m.,
according to Bangkok Police Maj. Gen. Parinya Jansuriya.
Investigators followed
the path of leaked oil from the crash scene to Yoovidhaya's home,
Jansuriya said.
Dozens of police
surrounded the mansion before entering with a search warrant, where they
found a badly damaged black Ferrari. The front was wrecked and its air
bags deployed, Jansuriya said.
Yoovidhaya was taken to a
police station for questioning and the car was seized by investigators,
he said.
Yoovidhaya admitted
driving the car and hitting the motorcycle, but he claimed he was
suddenly cut off by the bike, according to Police Maj. Gen. Aunuchi
Lekbumrung.He has been charged with
causing a death with negligence and hit and run, he said. Yoovidhaya was
quickly released on a bond of 500,000 baht, about $16,000.
The man who had claimed
to be driving was fined 6,000 baht, about $200, the Police Chief
Kumronvit Thoopkrachang said.
Vorayud Yoovidhaya's
grandfather, Chaleo Yoovidhaya, teamed with an Austrian businessman to
create the Red Bull brand and products based on a Thai drink. His
father, Chalerm Yoovidhaya, is an executive with the energy drink

Added: Sep-3-2012 Occurred On: Sep-3-2012
By: tat2d
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Tags: money will talk in Thailand, he will walk.
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