Fugitive Red Bull heir believed to be in Singapore after hit-and-run warrant

May 3 (UPI) — The heir to the Red Bull fortune, wanted in the hit-and-run death of a police officer, fled Thailand and is in Singapore, Thai police said Wednesday.

Worayuth Yoovidhya, whose grandfather created the energy drink, left Thailand on Tuesday, police said, days before a warrant was issued for his arrest. He failed to arrive in court to face charges he struck a police officer in downtown Bangkok with his Ferrari and then left the scene of the accident in 2012.

Immigration officials said he left for Singapore aboard his private plane on April 25.

Voovidhya, a billionaire, has evaded prosecutors for five years, the BBC reported.

He has repeatedly failed to respond to charges of speeding, reckless driving causing death and leaving the scene of an accident. Some of the charges have since expired due to statutes of limitation.

Thai police said they are attempting to confirm he is still in Singapore. Thailand and Singapore do not have an extradition treaty, although they have worked together on some transnational matters.


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