Red Bull Heir's Passport to Be Revoked in Hit-and-Run Case

Vorayuth 'Boss' Yoovidhya lived in luxury for years after the accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2017 11:13 AM CDT
Red Bull Heir's Passport to Be Revoked in Hit-and-Run Case
In this Wednesday, April 5, 2017, file photo, Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, whose grandfather co-founded energy drink company Red Bull, walks to get in a car as he leaves a house in London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Thai authorities said Thursday they will revoke the passport of a fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges, the AP reports. Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya flew to Singapore two days before he was due to appear before prosecutors last month, but left two days later. Authorities say his whereabouts are unknown. The AP tracked him down in London earlier this year—before an arrest warrant was issued—and he refused to answer questions. But he is not in London now, said Thailand's Interpol director, police Maj. Gen. Apichart Suribunya, who checked with authorities there. Apichart said Interpol will issue a Blue Notice on Friday, advising officials in 190 countries that Vorayuth is wanted.

An arrest warrant was issued a week ago, almost five years after Vorayuth allegedly left a motorcycle police officer dead after crashing into him with his Ferrari at high speed. His family is half-owner of the Red Bull energy drink company, which has brought them an estimated wealth of more than $20 billion. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Busadee Santipitak said Thursday the ministry received a request from the Thonglor police station, where the deceased officer worked and which investigated the accident, to revoke Vorayuth's passport. She didn't specify how long it would take. For years after the accident, Vorayuth still lived in luxury. (More Vorayuth Yoovidhya stories.)

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