The Thai heir to the Red Bull empire is being hunted by Interpol after a deadly hit-and-run.

Vorayuth Yoovidhya is accused of killing a policeman in 2012 by crashing into him in his Ferrari in Bangkok, Thailand and dragging his body at high speed.

He is also accused of fleeing the scene.

The charges against Yoovidhya - a grandson of the late billionaire Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya - were dropped in July.

The move sparked a huge backlash from the Thai public over what seemed like impunity for the rich and connected, with calls for a boycott of Red Bull goods.

Various government agencies launched investigations as a result.

Last month the attorney general’s office in Thailand announced fresh charges against him of cocaine use and reckless driving causing death.

The international police organisation Interpol has now issued a global “red notice” for his arrest, leading to Thai police to seek the extradition of the fugitive.

He is accused of killing a police officer in his Ferrari

Police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said Interpol issued the notice last week.

He added: “We have to do whatever it takes to … ultimately bring him back to the country because it is a serious crime.”

It came after a Thai court in August approved an arrest warrant for reckless driving causing death and a new charge of drug use.

The police spokesman said Interpol's members would help establish his whereabouts, "so that he can be formally extradited back to us for further legal action".

Yoovidhya missed eight summons to court before authorities sought his arrest in 2017, and he later fled on a private jet.

The new warrant followed a review of evidence previously not included in police reports.

This suggested his luxury car was driving faster than thought, and that his blood test indicated he had used cocaine.

TCP Group, which owns the Thai Red Bull brand, said in July it is run by his uncle and not directly associated with the fugitive, whose father has part ownership in the international brand.