UPDATED: Reckless LaFerrari Driver Who Terrorized Beverly Hills Claiming Diplomatic Immunity

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As Europe was preparing for the Frankfurt Motor Show over the weekend, the US was having its own agitated car moment over in Beverly Hills. A residential area was taken by storm when two men driving a LaFerrari and a Porsche 911 GT3 caused mayhem in a quiet neighbourhood.
We’ll remind you the two turned to moves such as running a stop sign at full throttle, burnouts and all sorts of manoeuvres that fully deserve the reckless driving label. They only came to a stop after the LaFerrari’s engine overheated, with police arriving at the scene shortly.

While the two vehicles in question belong to the Al Thani Royal Family of Qatar, the story gets a bit more complicated when it comes to the drivers.

The police opened an investigation and it seems a man claiming to own both cars told the officers he was not responsible for any maneuvers such as the ones described above, denying the entire episode. According to NBC Los Angeles and Jalopnik, the man mentioned his diplomatic immunity, aiming to avoid prosecution in the US.

As if the driving itself wasn’t enough, the man also confronted journalist Jacob Rogers, who had filmed the incident.

"I could have you killed and get away with it,” the guy said. And when Rogers replied that “the press is allowed to be here on the sidewalk on a public street,” the man reportedly ended the conversation with a “F*#k America” and threw a cigarette at him.

The authorities said they have not managed to identification the driver of the LaFerrari. And while the man behind the wheel of the Porsche has been identified, his identity hasn’t been revealed. Moreover, no charges were reportedly pressed against the man.

[The situation] is in the hands of the State Department now. Honestly, we don’t even know who was driving the Ferrari. All this driving occurred outside the presence of the police,” Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told Jalopnik.

They can claim diplomatic immunity if they have the proper credentials for the status,” the officer added.

In theory, the driver who has been identified should be prosecuted for his actions over in Qatar and yet his attitude doesn’t convince us about that. On the other hand, the man’s country could revoke his diplomatic immunity, but, once again, the chances for that to happen are usually slim.

PS: this is not the first time when the group of cars in question crosses the line in Beverly Hills. A similar episode took place back in August.

Update: The drivers of the two cars didn't have diplomatic immunity and they have now fled the city, as Jalopnik writes. While the police can't press charges, since they haven't been identified, the authorities do know the identity of the cars' owners (undisclosed).
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