Thai prosecutors to issue arrest warrant for Red Bull heir
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai prosecutors will issue an arrest warrant for an heir of the Red Bull energy drink creator who failed to show up to hear charges against him in a fatal hit-and-run case that sparked nationwide outrage.
Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 28, is accused of being behind the wheel of his Ferrari sports car when it collided with an on-duty policeman in the early hours of Sept 3 last year.
"Investigators will issue an arrest warrant for the suspect tomorrow, and he can be arrested anywhere in Thailand," said Mr Reuchai Krairerk, a senior public prosecutor at the Bangkok South Criminal Court.
Vorayuth faces charges of causing death through reckless driving and failing to stop and assist the victim. An additional charge for speeding was dropped as the legal time frame within which to press the charge expires on Tuesday. Vorayuth, nicknamed "Boss", left Thailand on Thursday for a business trip, according to his lawyer, and was unable to travel back to hear the charges against him.