A Beverly Hills street race between pricey luxury cars is continuing to rev up controversy.
CBS2’s Cristy Fajardo said the race is also causing outrage among residents.
The drivers blew through stop signs and sped through residential streets Monday.
Monday evening police received a call about street racing through residential streets in Beverly Hills, CA. Video was taken of this incident by a
bystander. It appears a Ferrari and and Porsche were racing, doing probably 80 and a 25 MPH zone. Not only that, they were blowing through stop signs.
Very dangerous driving, more so in a residential area where kids play and people are trying to back out of their driveways.
Video was shot of the Ferrari pulling into a driveway breaking down. The idiot driving probably burnt out the clutch or something. When Police
investigated, a man told them he owned the cars but would not take responsibility for the street racing. Indeed, he even told them he has Diplomatic
Immunity. So it turns out this guy is a diplomat from Qatar. I don't like the idea of having foreigners here that can flout the local laws. Whoever
was driving, was putting other people's lives at risk. That shouldn't fly in my opinion.
Beverly Hills police say since the videos don’t show who’s driving, they don’t know if diplomatic immunity applies. But they add it’s
a moot point as an officer wasn’t there to witness the race.
CBS2/KCAL9 legal expert Steve Meister concurs.
“If police deem these crimes misdemeanors, then either the officers had to have witnessed the crimes themselves or the neighbors who witnessed the
crimes have to be willing to place the suspects under citizen’s arrest,” Meister said.
It sounds as though local PD would like to prosecute people like this even though they don't have a leg to stand on in this case. The drivers of the
cars were not videotaped so you can not make out who was breaking the law. Plus if it turns out the drivers were diplomats, they cannot be prosecuted
because of their immunity.
I have not heard of the analysis by CBS legal expert Steve Meister. So for a misdemeanor the officer has to witness it himself or you have to citizen
arrest him yourself? I thought police frowned on that sort of thing in this day and age. The owner of the vehicles was approached by a journalist and
had his life threatened. I imagine trying to citizen arrest this sort fellow could get bloody. I wonder if that would be the case if the videotape had
clear frames of the suspect. Would the police still need to see it first hand at the time of the occurrence? They should have at least impounded those
vehicles as it is pretty clear they were the vehicles used in reckless driving.
In particular, New York City, the home of the United Nations Headquarters, regularly protests to the United States Department of State about
non-payment of parking tickets because of diplomatic status. As of 2001, the city had more than 200,000 outstanding parking tickets from diplomats,
totaling more than $21.3 million, of which only $160,682 had been collected. In 1997, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani proposed to the Clinton
administration that the U.S. State Department revoke the special DPL plates for diplomats who ignore parking summonses; the State Department denied
It seems Diplomatic Immunity grants the privileged people all sorts of breaks. Parking violations going unpaid. The city can't collect their money.
State Department ignores the Mayor's pleas. I just think it stinks. In this case, someone could have ended up dead.
Me too. One thing that really chaps my ass in reckless driving. It's even worse in neighborhoods. I hope he gets kicked out of our country, since he
doesn't abide by our rules and thinks he can do whatever he wants.
Great point. I can't believe a cop has to be present and witness it or it is the duty of bystanders to perform a citizen's arrest. I seriously thought
cops frowned on that and we should just call them.
Eh. We are wasting energy on something that happens regularly. I think people are just in an uproar because they are Muslim. I own an automotive
business, and believe it or not, people of ALL skin colors and religions street race on a regular basis. I do agree though, that they shouldn't be
doing it in a residential area.
Yeah it is dangerous in a residential area. That is why people are in an uproar. The only person I have seen bring up the issues of him being a Muslim
is you. The aspect of Qatar being mentioned, is because the media was saying he was untouchable because of Diplomatic Immunity. Nice spin though.
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