Interpol Issues ‘Red Notice’ for Fugitive Red Bull Heir in Thai Hit and Run

BANGKOK — Interpol has issued a new “red notice” for the fugitive heir to the Red Bull fortune who fled Thailand after his Ferrari struck and killed a police officer in 2012, the police in Thailand said.

The notice by the global police agency, its highest-level alert, comes after the police in Thailand reopened the case. The authorities, widely criticized for dropping charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, the grandson of the inventor of the energy drink, are seeking Interpol’s help in arresting him, a police spokesman said on Monday.

“We will do whatever it takes to bring him back,” said Col. Kissana Phathanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police. “We have been working around the clock to get him back to the country.”

The police initially arrested the family’s driver and were accused of trying to force him to take the blame. Bangkok’s police commissioner at the time, who took over the investigation, said it had been an attempt at a cover-up.

The police also acknowledged that the wealthy playboy had been intoxicated and had admitted that his car hit the officer. But Mr. Vorayuth told them the officer, who was riding a motorcycle, had swerved in front of him. He was released on bail.

During the investigation, Mr. Vorayuth repeatedly ignored police summonses. He fled the country in 2017, shortly before the first warrant for his arrest was issued.

The statute of limitations has expired for some of the original charges, but he still faces a charge of reckless driving resulting in someone’s death, among other possible charges.

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