30 Years in Prison for “Extending” Porsche Test Drive to 2,200 Miles

Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of car enthusiasts confessing to Porsches, but there seems to be one man in Florida who would do just about anything in order to drive a Zuffenhausen machine. Alas, instead of pursuing his Porsche crest dream through hard work, Jeffrey Todd Crystal decided to drive on the wrong side of the law and was recently sentenced to 30 years behind bars due to this. Interestingly enough, this story is not even about a 911.
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The 53-year old visited a Florida Porsche dealership back in 2011, willing to talk about a Panamera. Nevertheless, instead of asking for a short test drive, the guy decided to have his way with the sports sedan, paying for a Panamera with a $109,000 check. Am invalid check, that is.

It seems that the operation took place after 6 PM, so the dealership employees couldn’t verify the check until the following day. As you can imagine, Crystal was long gone by then, enjoying the benefits of the four-door Porsche.

The dealer contacted the man twice and while he agreed to make the necessary payment, they never heard from him until two weeks later, when he returned the Panamera. There was just one small issue - the odometer had jumped from 70 to 2,300 miles (113 to 3,700 km).

Earlier this month, Judge William Stone issues the sentence - the Porsche-napper was charged with grand theft auto for over $100,000, as well as issuing an invalid check, as Northwest Daily News writes.

Doesn’t 30 years sound like a bit too much for an “extended” test drive?

Of course it does. It’s just that, like we said, Crystal has huge crush on Porsche and he’s pulled a similar stunt back in 2004. Want to try and guess what he did back then? That is correct, another wrong check. In fact, the Florida man was on probation for fraud and theft, which means he was treated as a habitual felony offender.

Guess we know what car he’ll be thinking about while behind bars.
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