“You Can’t Arrest Me, I have Diplomatic Immunity”- A Street Race in Beverly Hills
The Beverly Hills Police Department ran up against diplomatic immunity when they were notified of two “exotic” cars drag racing down a street. A yellow Ferrari “LaFerrari” and a White Porsche 911 GT3 chased each other down North Walden Drive in Beverly Hills at excessive speeds on Saturday. The race ended when the LaFerrari ‘s engine overheated and smoke started pouring out.
The Ferrari can bring a price tag between $1.5 Million to $5 Million. The house that is being rented to the alleged Qatari diplomat is said to be valued at $10 Million.
Threats to the journalist
As Jacob Rogers, a video journalist, filmed the incident, the man who claimed to be a diplomat with “immunity” threatened him if he did not leave his property. (Wasn’t filming from the man’s property).
“He told me verbatim, ‘I could have you killed and get away with it.’ I told him, ‘the press is allowed to be here on the sidewalk on a public street.’ He said, ‘(Expletive) America’ and threw a cigarette at me.” Jacob Rogers
As police arrived and began the investigation, the man approached them and said the cars belonged to him, and denied driving recklessly or speeding. They couldn’t do anything about it because he had “diplomatic immunity.”
A street race in Beverly Hills and the State Department
Neighbors are furious over the incident, as the speeding vehicles ran a stop sign and nearly sideswiped a car not involved in the race.
According to NBC,
“The kids were terrified and the neighbors were out and this woman was screaming ’cause her husband almost got run over,” said Roya Levian.
Police said they did not see the violations and “could not take any law enforcement action such as a citation or arrest,” according to a news release…
Police said they have been in contact with the United States State Department about the diplomatic status of the people involved and the legality of the vehicles driven on the road. The license plate of the Ferrari belonged to Qatar.
If the diplomatic credentials are verified by the State Department, there is little police can do. Though police have identified the drivers, they must await clearance from the State Department before any action may be taken – IF any action can be taken.
Here is the street race
Here is the threat to the journalist who filmed the race