Rich Jerks Won't Be Charged In Beverly Hills Street Racing Incident
Those rich jerks who were caught on video racing million-dollar sports cars around Beverly Hills last weekend will not be facing any charges.
The L.A. Times reports that a Beverly Hills Police Department investigation into the incident found that the owner of the cars does not qualify for diplomatic immunity, as he had originally claimed. Had this claim been true, the immunity wouldn't have been necessary anyway—because no officers witnessed the incident, and there's no hard evidence of who was driving the cars at the time, no charges could be pressed, BHPD Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told the L.A. Times.
Even though the incident was filmed—and has racked up over a million views on YouTube since it was posted on Saturday—it's not enough evidence to nail the drivers for a misdemeanor reckless driving charge. The video, which shows a rare, $1.5-million Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 911 GT3 aggressively tearing through quiet, narrow streets alongside a Porsche, has sparked outrage from Beverly Hills residents, some of whom were concerned about the safety of their kids, who'd been biking around the neighborhood at the time.
By the time police officers arrived on the scene, the cars were already parked in the driveway of the $10 million home, and the owner of the cars refused to say who was driving them. Lt. Hoshino said that he'd tracked the plates of the LaFerrari back to Qatari national ownership.
Had the drivers been charged and convicted of reckless driving, they could have faced a 90-day stay in prison, and up to $1,000 in fines. Although, if you can afford a million-dollar sports car, forking over a grand for an afternoon of *sick* street racing is just chump change.