Thai police: Flaws and irregularities found in Red Bull heir hit-and-run case
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Thai police: Flaws and irregularities found in Red Bull heir hit-and-run case

THE PANEL probing the police officers who handled the fatal accident involving the heir to the Red Bull energy drink empire has found flaws and irregularities in the case.

According to the Bangkok Post, these were among partial findings of a preliminary investigation into the officers’ conduct.

The findings were disclosed by national deputy police chief Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen on Sunday following a report by acting Bangkok police chief Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathaworn who was probing the case involving Vorayudh “Boss” Yoovidhya.

Declining to elaborate the details of the on-going probe, Pongsapat said further investigation was needed before the panel could draw up the conclusions of the case.

Earlier, authorities set up the committee to probe the police officers who handled a 2012 case involving the heir of the multi-billion dollar empire, which left a traffic policeman dead.

The probe was carried out following public outcry over high-profile incidences of reckless driving by wealthy individuals, which had allegedly been fraught with double-standards.

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Acting commissioner of metropolitan police, Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, said the panel was investigating the officers from the Thong Lor station for not charging Vorayudh with drunk driving in the hit-and-run case.

The inquiry was also looking into the reasons why Vorayudh could not be indicted on the speeding charge before the statute of limitations expired in 2013.

Vorayudh allegedly drove his Ferrari into a policeman’s motorbike in 2012 in the wee hours of the morning in Bangkok. The policeman died. According to reports, Vorayudh dragged the body down the street and drove home.

Police pressed drunken driving and speeding charges against the grandson of the Red Bull creator and added death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest after the hit-and-run wreck, but did not charge him with drug abuse even though blood tests found traces of cocaine usage.