In the news this week is a story about an FBI joy ride gone horribly wrong, leaving a $750,000 Ferrari F50 trashed and an insurance company with the finger; middle finger that is. It seems that, even though the supercar was already impounded and safely stored, FBI Special Agent Frederick C. Kingston took an Assistant US Attorney for a ride and…
“Just a few seconds after we left the parking lot, we went around a curve, and the rear of the car began sliding,” Thompson wrote in an email to Managing Assistant US Attorney E.J. Walbourn on the day of the incident. “The agent tried to regain control, but the car fishtailed and slid sideways up onto the curb. The vehicle came to rest against a row of bushes and a small tree. Both myself and the agent exited of our own power.”
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) says their not liable for the damage done to the car while in their possession, insisting “sovereign immunity” protects them against negligence claims for damaged property detained by law enforcement.
This doesn’t make Motors Insurance Corp (MIC) happy, having already paid out 3/4 of a million dollars to the dealer where the car was stolen… waiting to get the car back from the Feds. They’ve tried using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)to get documents outlining the storage and transport of the Ferrari – which of course the DOJ dismissed and denied based on it being “an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy”. Yeah, I bet it was.
It’s not everyday we here about an insurance company getting the shaft. We take for granted great car insurance companies like Geico (and many others), depending on which side of the pond you’re on. Fortunately the dealer who had the 1995 F50 stolen got their money when it was stolen by a thief, but when the FBI steals your car… what do you do? Post your thoughts in the comments.