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    Red Bull heirís alleged hit-and-run stirs debate on Thailandís untouchable rich and famous

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    -- 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.
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    Vorayuth Yoovidhya has been charged with causing a death with negligence.


    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 company.


    People in Thailand often joke that prisons are reserved for the poor, because the rich and privileged tend to get away with murder. Popular online forums were filled with commentary Tuesday about the justice system’s highest-profile test case in years, in which an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune allegedly slammed his Ferrari into a policeman and dragged the officer’s dead body along a Bangkok street before speeding away.


    Police initially attempted to cover up the heir’s involvement by arresting a bogus suspect — underlining what many people describe as selective law enforcement and the power of political connections.
    But Bangkok’s police commissioner, Comronwit Toopgrajank, then took charge of the investigation of Monday’s accident. He suspended the district police superintendent for attempting to subvert the probe and vowed to deliver justice regardless of the defendant’s family name.
    “We will not let this police officer die without justice. Believe me,” Comronwit said Tuesday. “The truth will prevail in this case. I can guarantee it.”
    Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the 27-year-old grandson of Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya, has admitted he was driving the Ferrari, but said the police officer’s motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle.
    Witnesses said they saw the sports car dragging the police officer dozens of meters (feet) as it sped from the crime scene.
    Police followed oil streaks for several blocks to the gate of Vorayuth’s family mansion. Photos of his charcoal gray Ferrari — with a crumpled front fender and a shattered windshield — were plastered on Thailand’s front pages Tuesday.
    He faces charges of causing death by reckless driving but was released on 500,000 baht ($15,900) bail.
    His grandfather, Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, died in March at the age of 88. The Yoovidhya family was ranked the fourth richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $5.4 billion.
    One commentator on the popular Pantip Web forum echoed the skepticism of many: “If you’re rich, the verdict will take ages to be delivered, and will then come down as a suspended sentence. If you’re poor, the verdict comes faster than the speed of light: Go to jail immediately.”


    That was the outcome last week for another child of privilege who killed nine people in a car crash in 2010 and was given a two-year suspended sentence.
    Orachorn Devahastin Na Ayudhya was 16 and driving without a license when she crashed her sedan into a van on a Bangkok highway. A court initially sentenced her to a 3-year prison term but reduced the sentence last week, saying she had provided “helpful” testimony.
    One of Thailand’s most infamous untouchables recently resurfaced in headlines. Duang Yubumrung, the son of Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung, was linked to the 2001 shooting of a policeman in a nightclub brawl. He was acquitted of murder in 2004 on grounds of insufficient evidence.
    Duang has since joined the Bangkok police force and in July was assigned as a sharpshooter. News reports quoted his father as saying he was proud of his son’s skill because “His shooting accuracy is 100 percent!”
    In a country that values deference and patronage, even the police oblige, said social commentator Somkiat Onwimon.
    “Police are afraid of influential people,” he said. “They treat the famous people differently and let them break the law.”

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    He'll get away with it.

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    If he was at fault, sooner or later he'll pay for his crime. Karma is a $#@!, in one form or another. This is usually always the case.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    He'll get away with it.
    Sadly, you're probably right. But apparently that police chief is adamant about prosecuting this kid. Unreal how much damage that FF sustained...

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    He must have hit him pretty hard to do that much damage and cause the officer to land on the windshield and shatter that. The world we live in...
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    He claims the cop suddenly cut him off and yet he couldn't even stop and try to help. Sad that he's probably going to get away with it.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by vladi627 Click here to enlarge
    He claims the cop suddenly cut him off and yet he couldn't even stop and try to help. Sad that he's probably going to get away with it.
    You make a very good point.

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    This is just disgusting. It would be nice to be rid of filth like this, unfortunately, he'll walk away and no one will care about it after a few months.

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    Why it's always Ferrari drivers?!

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    Red Bull gives you wings
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