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Federal Joyride

A Ferrari F50 stolen from a Pennsylvania dealer was found five years later — and taken into evidence by the FBI in Kentucky. While in their custody, explained Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson in an e-mail to the dealer’s insurer, FBI agent Fred Kingston, who was moving the car, invited him on a “short ride.” Short is right. “Just a few seconds after we left the parking lot,” Thompson wrote, “we went around a curve and the rear of the car began sliding. The agent tried to regain control but the car fishtailed and slid sideways up onto the curb.” The car, one of only 50 in the country and worth $750,000, was totaled. The insurer is suing the government, but the U.S. Justice Department says it has no liability in the case, because the car was “in the hands of law enforcement,” and won’t release any information on the case other than the e-mail detailing the car’s destruction. (AC/AP) ...Federal agents, like teenagers, are clearly too irresponsible to drive with passengers.
Original Publication Date: 19 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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