Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya, who reportedly hit and killed a police officer on Sukhumvit Road while speeding in his Ferrari on Sept. 3, may have taken cocaine on the night of the accident, the has Nation reported.
According the Nation, blood tests taken on Vorayuth show that he used a narcotic substance and the doctor who conducted the tests has been summoned for questioning.
Thonglor Police Staion deputy chief Akkharawin Sukhonthawit said yesterday that police had not yet received a full report from the Office of Forensic Science on the substance found in Vorayuth’s blood. Akkharawin noted that the substances found in Vorayuth’s blood did not automatically mean that he took illegal drugs, as some medicines can affect test results.
But National police spokesman Piya Uthayo brushed aside any reports that cocaine had been detected in the Red Bull heir’s blood, the Bangkok Post reported, saying that the results are not yet finished.
After the accident Vorayuth’s blood was tested at a private hospital, at his family’s behest, and also sent to the state-run Ramathibodi Hospital for further laboratory examination, Thonglor Police station investigator Pol Lt Co Wiradol Thapthimdee told the Post.
High alcohol levels were confirmed as well as other substances, he said, but exactly what the substances were is not yet clear.
“The blood test results came in medical terms in a foreign language, so they cannot be used as evidence yet,” he said.
Vorayuth was already found to be under the influence of alcohol during the crash and charged with drunk driving.
In related news, the police officer who allegedly cooperated in a scheme to allow Vorayuth’s butler to take the fall for the fatal crash met with a disciplinary committee on Friday and has 60 days to explain himself.