10 Thai Police Officers Face Malfeasance Probe Over Red Bull Heir’s Car Crash
BANGKOK -The Metropolitan Police Bureau sent a report to the Anti Corruption Commission (PACC) after completing an investigation into the handling of Red Bull heir Vorayudh Yoovidhya’s car crash that killed a police officer four years ago.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau has proposed that 10 officers be disciplined for malfeasance in office by the Public Sector Anti Corruption Commission (PACC).
Acting commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn said the investigation found that the 10 officers were guilty of malfeasance of duty for their handling of the Red Bull heir Vorayudh Yoovidhya case in September 2012.
The re-investigation of the car crash case involving the Red Bull heir or “Boss” was ordered by Royal Thai Police commissioner Chakthip Chaijinda following complaint that there was no progress in the case and the suspect remains at large.
The commissioner then urged Thonglor police to speed up the ongoing investigation of the infamous hit-and-run case involving the heir of the Red Bull energy drink empire.
Vorayudh is the grandson of a Red Bull founder Chaleom Yoovidhya.
According to The Coconuts Bangkok, Vorayudh allegedly rammed his Ferrari into Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle on Sukhumvit Soi 47 in the early hours of September 3, 2012, killing the police officer.
Wichian’s body was dragged about 200 meters along the road.
The heir allegedly fled the scene and was arrested several hours later at his home on Sukhumvit Soi 53.
He faced three charges: speeding, reckless driving causing death, and failing to stop his car to help the victim.
However, the speeding charge has since been dropped as it expired under the one-year statute of limitations.
The national police chief promised to find out what was causing the delay in the investigation.
The commissioner added that if any officers were found to be negligent, they would face disciplinary action.
The Red Bull heir is said to be abroad now.
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