Insurance company sues FBI, Justice Department for crashing Ferrari F50 supercar

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 25, 2011

A Michigan insurance company filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court in Detroit to force them to produce records related to the May 2009 crash of a Ferrari F50 in Lexington, Ky.

The lawsuit cited the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit said that an FBI special agent was driving the exotic sports car when he lost control and crashed into a tree, resulting to significant damage to the car.

The lawsuit mentions the baffling case of a stolen Ferrari that later ended up in the FBI's custody. In September 2003, the sports car was stolen from a Ferrari dealership in Rosemont, Penn.

A claim was submitted by the dealer to Motors Insurance Corp., which had insured the Ferrari. Motors Insurance paid the claim and took ownership of the Ferrari. Nearly five years later, in August 2008, the Ferrari was found by FBI and local law-enforcement authorities in Kentucky.

The lawsuit states that the FBI stored the Ferrari during an investigation and eventual prosecution of the thief. Then the FBI took it for a spin that ended in the crash. Motors Insurance submitted a claim to the FBI and Justice Department for $750,000.

Last March, the federal agencies rejected the claim, asserting that the crash occurred while the Ferrari was being detained by the FBI. The insurance company made another attempt but the claim was rejected for the second time last September. [via The Detroit News]

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