Road killing of police: Police want charges dropped

Red Bull heir was not speeding when he hit police officer say police experts & might have been drunk after accident not before. Police want 2 year max jail sentence.

Police inspect Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle and a Ferrari driven by Vorayuth Yoovidhya, following the accident. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

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Red Bull heir case sparks legal conflict

5 Apr 2013
Post reporters

Suspect Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the youngest son of Red Bull executive Chalerm Yoovidhya, is brought to the Police General Hospital to undergo a blood test on Sept 4, 2012. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

The public prosecutor and the police are at loggerheads in the case against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya.

Police have suggested dropping the charges of drink-driving and exceeding the speed limit against Mr Vorayuth.

Ruecha Krairiksh, the prosecutor, said on Thursday he has postponed for another 30 days his final decision on whether to indict Mr Vorayuth because of the disagreement with the police.

Mr Vorayuth, 27, was initially charged with hit-and-run and drink-driving after his Ferrari collided with Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert's motorcycle in the early hours of Sept 3, 2012 on Sukhumvit Road.

Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian was killed and his body dragged about 200 metres along the road in the accident.

Suwes Hom-uban, the Yoovidhya family driver, initially tried to take the blame for the accident but was later charged with giving a false statement to police.

Police now recommend Mr Vorayuth only be charged with careless driving causing death and hit-and-run.

The grandson of Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya could face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of drink-driving causing death.

A guilty verdict for careless driving causing death, on the other hand, would carry a maximum sentence of only two years.

Police investigators, however, claim that while Mr Vorayuth's blood alcohol level was found to exceed the legal limit, it was unclear whether he drank before or after the accident - even though the test was conducted in the afternoon of the same day the incident took place.

As for dropping the speeding charges, Mr Ruecha said police have cited the opinions of only two experts that Mr Vorayuth did not exceed the speed limit. He said the police need to submit more evidence to support their claim that the Red Bull scion was not speeding.

(Source: Bangkok Post, About Law Enforcement, Red Bull heir case sparks legal conflict, 5 Apr 2013, Post reporters, link


Role of Prosecution and Police in Law Enforcement Vocabulary 

hit-and-run - the crime of hitting someone with your car and then running away (to avoid punishment)  ที่ชนแล้วหนี, ตีแล้วหนี (See Wikipedia)

drink-driving - the crime of driving after drinking too much alcohol, also called "Driving Under the Influence (DUI)" (See Wikipedia)

charges - a criminal case brought against a person, accusation ข้อกล่าวหา, คำกล่าวหา
drop charges - stop and end the criminal case against someone

prosecutor - government lawyers whose job is to prove in a law court in front of judges that the accused is guilty of a crime ผู้ฟ้องร้อง,  โจทก์, ผู้กล่าวหา, พนักงานอัยการ
public prosecutor


kill - to make a person or another living thing die  การเข่นฆ่า, การฆ่า, การสังหาร
road killing

vehicle (noun)  a car, truck, bus, van, or other form of motor transport รถ, ยานพาหนะ, พาหนะ, ยาน, ยานยนต์
vehicular (adjective)
 
homicide - murder, the crime of killing a person ฆาตกรรม
vehicular homicide - death that results from negligent operation of a vehicle or  from driving while committing an unlawful act; the victim may be either a person not in the car with the offending motorist, such as a pedestrian, cyclist, another motorist, or a passenger in the vehicle with the offender: "in the state of California, depending on the degree of recklessness and whether alcohol was involved, a person could be charged with progressively more serious offenses: vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or second-degree murder. In any of these cases, the prosecution must prove that the driver committed some wrongful act (which could be a felony, a misdemeanor, an infraction, or a lawful act that might cause death) and that the wrongful act caused the collision and the death of the victim. Murder charges are usually reserved for the most egregious cases, such as a convicted DUI offender who drives recklessly while intoxicated and thereby causes a fatal collision"  (See Wikipedia)

manslaughter - a lesser crime of killing a person การฆ่าคนโดยไม่ไตร่ตรองไว้ก่อน,  การฆ่าคนตายโดยประมาท
vehicular manslaughter

heir - a person who will legally receive money, property or a title from another person, especially an older member of the same family, when that other person dies ทายาท, ผู้สืบสกุล, ผู้รับมรดก

Red Bull heir
Red Bull heir legal case

conflict - an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
legal conflict

sparks -
creates, causes 
sparks legal conflict

Red Bull heir case sparks legal conflict

at loggerheads
- have a serious disagreement about what to do (with someone)
The public prosecutor and the police are at loggerheads in the case against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya.

limit - a highest or lowest amount ขีดสูงสุด, ขีดสุด
the speed limit - the fastest speed you can drive your car without breaking the law

exceed
- pass a limit, go over, go beyond
exceed the speed limit - breaking the law by driving your car too fast

Police have suggested dropping the charges of drink-driving and exceeding the speed limit against Mr Vorayuth.

postpone - delay; decide that something will be done at a later time; change date and move to the future เลื่อนออกไป
postpone for 30 days

he has postponed for another 30 days his final decision

indict - to accuse someone officially of a serious crime  ฟ้องร้อง, ดำเนินคดี
indict the suspect
the decision on whether to indict the suspect

Ruecha Krairiksh, the prosecutor, said on Thursday he has postponed for another 30 days his final decision on whether to indict Mr Vorayuth because of the disagreement with the police. 

initially
- at first ในระยะต้น at the beginning ในเบื้องต้น
initially charged with hit-and-run and drink-driving

collide -
crash, hit ชนกัน, ปะทะกัน
collide with
his Ferrari collided with a police officer

Mr Vorayuth, 27, was initially charged with hit-and-run and drink-driving after his Ferrari collided with Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert's motorcycle in the early hours of Sept 3, 2012 on Sukhumvit Road.

drag - pull something along with difficulty (usually because it is heavy) ดึง, ลาก
drag along the road
Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian was killed and his body dragged about 200 metres along the road in the accident.

blame - saying that someone caused some bad event to happen,  liability, responsibility การรับผิดชอบต่อสิ่งไม่ดีที่เกิดขึ้น
take the blame

a false statement - to say something that is not true
giving a false statement to police
charge with giving a false statement to police

Suwes Hom-uban, the Yoovidhya family driver, initially tried to take the blame for the accident but was later charged with giving a false statement to police.

recommend - to advise someone that they should do something แนะนำ
charged with careless driving causing death

Police now recommend Mr Vorayuth only be charged with careless driving causing death and hit-and-run

founder - a person who establishes an institution, business, or organization ผู้ก่อตั้ง
Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya

guilty - proven to have committed a crime by a court of law มีความผิด
found guilty
face 10 years in jail if found guilty

The grandson of Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya could face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of drink-driving causing death.

maximum - the most possible ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
sentence - a period of time that a person must spend in jail or a find that must be paid, give as a punishment by a court of law ลงโทษ การตัดสินลงโทษ
maximum sentence
a maximum sentence of only two years

A guilty verdict for careless driving causing death, on the other hand, would carry a maximum sentence of only two years.

investigate (verb) - look carefully at some situation or crime to find out and discover the truth ตรวจสอบหาความจริง, ค้นหาความจริง
investigation (noun)
investigators (noun)
police investigators

claim - saying something is true without proving it yet
police investigators claim that ...

blood alcohol -
แอลกอฮอล์ในเลือด
blood alcohol level - the amount of alcohol in the blood (measured by a device)

exceed - to be more than something; to go beyond a limit เกินกว่าที่กำหนด to go beyond an official limit; to be greater than a number or amount เกินปริมาณ
exceed the legal limit

his blood alcohol level was found to exceed the legal limit

unclear - not clear  ไม่ชัด,  ซึ่งไม่ชัดเจน
it was unclear whether he drank before or after the accident

incident - a crime or other unpleasant event (something that happened that was unpleasant), a bad event เหตุการณ์, สิ่งที่เกิดขึ้น
the test was conducted in the afternoon of the same day the incident took place

Police investigators, however, claim that while Mr Vorayuth's blood alcohol level was found to exceed the legal limit, it was unclear whether he drank before or after the accident - even though the test was conducted in the afternoon of the same day the incident took place.

cited - mentioned as an example, explanation or proof of something else (to support a point you are making or arguing) กล่าวถึง
police have cited the opinions of only two experts

submit - to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
evidence - facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
submit evidence - to formally give evidence

support - help สนับสนุน
support a claim - show that a claim is true (byr providing evidence)
police need to submit more evidence to support the claim

scion - a young member of a rich and powerful family, a descendant, an heir  เชื้อสาย
the Red Bull scion
the claim that the Red Bull scion was not speeding.

As for dropping the speeding charges, Mr Ruecha said police have cited the opinions of only two experts that Mr Vorayuth did not exceed the speed limit. He said the police need to submit more evidence to support the claim that the Red Bull scion was not speeding.

undergo - to experience something which is unpleasant or which involves a change ประสบ (เหตุการณ์ในด้านลบ)
undergo a blood test

Suspect Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the youngest son of Red Bull executive Chalerm Yoovidhya, is brought to the Police General Hospital to undergo a blood test on Sept 4, 2012

inspect - to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
police inspect a motorcycle

Police
inspect Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle and a Ferrari driven by Vorayuth Yoovidhya, following the accident.

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