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Red Bull heir facing police death charge

A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink faces charges for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street.

The victim, Sergeant Major Wichean Glanpraser (47) was on a motorcycle patrol when he was killed in the early morning hit-and-run.

Police questioned Vorayuth Yoovidhya (27) after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his family's gated estate.

He was facing charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest.

Vorayuth admitted driving the car but said the police officer's motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle.

A low-ranking policeman initially tried to cover up the crime by turning in a bogus suspect.

Lt Gen Comronwit Toopgrajank said he suspended the police officer who attempted to subvert the investigation.

"A policeman is dead. I can't let this stand. If I let this case get away, I'd rather quit," he said.

"I don't care how powerful they are. If I can't get the actual man in this case, I will resign."

The Yoovidhya family was ranked the fourth richest in Thailand, with a net worth of $5.4bn (e4.3bn).