Charges Dropped Against Red Bull Heir Accused in Death of Police Officer

Charges have been dropped against the heir to the Red Bull energy drink empire, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, relating to a crash that killed a Thai policeman in 2012, in a case that drew attention to the power of the wealthy.

The Royal Thai Police said, “We were informed by Office of Attorney General about their final decision not to indict Mr. Vorayuth Yoovidhya on June 12. So we have proceeded to inform him about the decision and the revocation of arrest warrant.”

The National Police Commissioner “has not objected the decision” and “we have proceeded to revoke arrest warrant.”

Yoovidhya, 28, was behind the wheel of his Ferrari on September 3, 2012, when it collided with an on-duty policeman on a motorbike in downtown Bangkok leading to the death of the police officer. He was charged with drunk driving, negligent death and committing a hit and run. His family’s fortune was estimated at 13 billion dollars in 2017.


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