‘He told me verbatim, ‘I could have you killed and get away with it…’F*** America’ and threw a cigarette at me.’ ~Witness
A Qatari driver involved in a high speed street race between a Ferrari and a Porsche in Beverly Hills has claimed diplomatic immunity.The two luxury supercars, which had Qatari plates, were filmed speeding around the residential neighborhood on Saturday evening.Witnesses claimed the vehicles ran through stop signs and narrowly missed other cars on a number of occasions.
Others claimed the white Porsche 911 GT3, estimated to be worth $130,400, and bright yellow Ferrari LaFerrari, a hybrid supercar with 950 horsepower, were speeding at more than 100mph and said one of the cars even sideswiped the other.
The race only appeared to end when the engine of the Ferrari, which had a Qatar license plate, began smoking and pulled into the drive of the luxury $10 million, five-bedroom rented home.
A new LaFerrari is worth an estimated $1.4 million but California-based vehicle valuation firm Kelly Blue Brook told NBC4 it could fetch up to $5 million.
Police officers arrived shortly after to investigate reports of racing but were told by the driver that he had diplomatic immunity.
While he agreed he owned the supercars, he denied speeding, running stop signs and driving recklessly.
‘The car was still smoking when the cops came,’ neighbor Roya Levian told KTLA.
‘The kids were terrified and the neighbors were out and this woman was screaming ’cause her husband almost got run over.’
Her 10-year-old son Ashton, who was playing down the street and when the cars raced by him, said he was ‘scared to go home’ in case he was hit by the vehicles.
Several local residents also complained that the sports car driver had often used their streets as a racetrack – leaving them fearing for their safety.
Neighbors said the drivers were from Qatar and since they moved into area a few months ago, they had seen several sports cars on their driveways.
The people currently living at the 8,895 sqft home in Beverly Hills, which rents for $45,000 a month, where the cars pulled up on Saturday, declined to speak to reporters yesterday.
The department told Dailymail.com they were looking into the ‘unsafe and reckless driving of high performance exotic vehicles’ but said that as officers did not observe the violations personally, they could not make a citation or arrest at the time.
Lieutenant Lincoln Hoshino, Executive Officer, said: ‘As officers were conducting their investigation, they were approached by an individual who indicated that the vehicles belonged to him and denied driving at a high rate of speed, running stop signs or driving recklessly. That individual claimed to have diplomatic immunity.
‘The BHPD has zero tolerance for this type of driving which recklessly endangers the public at large.’
Video journalist Jacob Rogers said that a man – thought to be the driver – confronted him when he captured the incident on video.
‘He told me verbatim, ‘I could have you killed and get away with it,‘ Rogers said.
‘I told him, ‘the press is allowed to be here on the sidewalk on a public street.’ He said, ‘F*** America’ and threw a cigarette at me.’
On Saturday, Sheik Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar’s ruling family denied to officers investigating the incident that anyone drove recklessly, then said he had diplomatic immunity.
After discussing the matter with the U.S. State Department and the Qatar consulate, authorities concluded he did not have immunity, police Chief Dominick Rivetti said at a news conference Thursday.
Al-Thani has fled the country, police said. The Ferrari and white Porsche seen in the video are gone too.
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