A series of supercar skirmishes in the past 24 hours have proven in no uncertain terms that just because you can afford a fast car doesn't necessarily mean you know how to drive one.
In the past 24 hours a Ferrari crashed into the shopfront of a jewellery store in Sydney's CBD – caught on several cameras for peak embarrassment – while a trio of exotic cars appeared on a California Highway Patrol Facebook page after being busted doing more than 160kmh (100mph).
Photo, top of page: Image courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald/Melodie Dias
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sydney Ferrari driver allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.107 and was charged with mid-range drink-driving, driving with a suspended licence, and dangerous driving.
The newspaper reported that witnesses claimed the Ferrari 599 "skidded" into the window of luxury jeweller Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, narrowly missing a family of three.
A female passenger was reportedly not injured in the crash, but a female bystander in her 60s sustained minor injuries when running from the incident. The driver will appear in court on February 5.
https://t.co/f7YP0TM7pn pic.twitter.com/K7IMoIISbI— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) January 6, 2020
Hours later on the other side of the world, three supercar drivers were pulled over by the California Highway Patrol after they were spotted driving at high speeds across multiple lanes on a freeway.
According to a California Highway Patrol Facebook page, the three drivers were allegedly "racing at 100+MPH and unsafely using all lanes of traffic – almost as if they wanted police attention".
The three drivers of the cars (which appear to be a McLaren 600LT, Lamborghini Aventador SV and possibly another Aventador) were pulled over as part of a "multi-unit coordinated effort" and cited for several violations including driving at excessive speeds.
Also in California – in the past 48 hours – another incident involving a Ferrari startled onlookers and captured media attention thanks to snap-happy witnesses who took to social media shortly after.
On January 5, a white F430 Ferrari ploughed into the window of celebrity hot spot PUMP in West Hollywood after the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Breaking: A Ferrari was just driven into @LisaVanderpump’s restaurant PUMP in WeHo. No major injuries.Photos courtesy of Advocate’s @DMArtavia pic.twitter.com/o27BWJC4hK— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) January 5, 2020
Clearly, supercar ownership is not without its struggles. Sometimes those who own supercars can't afford to keep them.
Back in 2009 the owner of a Bugatti Veyron in the US was filmed driving it into a lake. Turns out this wasn't merely a case of bad driving but of insurance fraud, with the owner's attempt to write-off the car inconveniently caught on camera by onlookers.
The driver, a Texas man who purchased the car for $1 million USD in early 2009, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison according to local news site KTRE.
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