Saturday 22 October 2016

Police officers disciplined after seizing €234k Lamborghini and taking it on joyride

Cristina Criddle

Published 09/08/2016 | 21:12

The luxury car is usually hired for £2,400 a weekend Credit: City Supercars
The luxury car is usually hired for £2,400 a weekend Credit: City Supercars

Two police officers have been disciplined for wrongly seizing a £200,000 Lamborghini and taking it for a joy ride after pulling the car over for having no insurance.

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One officer, who drove the car at more than twice the speed limit, has received three points on his police license while another was subject to management action, Scotland Yard said.

The Huracan Lamborghini belonged to London-based car firm City Supercars and can be hired for £2,400 for a weekend.

It was impounded near Heathrow Airport, London in June, after checks mistakenly showed that it was incorrectly insured.

A screenshot of the tracker in the car after it had been returned

A screenshot of the tracker in the car after it had been returned

When the car was returned, its tracker found the vehicle did more than 63mph in a 30mph zone, as well as 47mph and 53 mph in the same restriction - while in the care of the Met Police.

At around midnight on June 2, one of the firm's drivers was pulled over in the white vehicle, which was due to be taken to Bradford, Yorkshire, for a wedding.

Erwyn Mackee, 32, who runs the firm, then spoke over the phone to the road side officer, explaining the company's insurance had recently been renewed and its details were not yet on the Motor Insurance Database.

Despite supplying police with email documents and invoices, the evidence was dismissed and the car was confiscated.

Mr Mackee said: “The officer was just being unreasonable and out of hand on the phone to me, and I was just trying to explain the facts calmly. He was just off his head, completely bonkers - it was very frustrating.

“All the other officers I dealt with throughout the process were very reasonable and could understand basic logic.

“As an officer who has the power to do lots of things, the officer must have reason and ability and common sense and intuition and be able to listen to arguments and respond accordingly. If he doesn’t have those qualities he shouldn’t be an officer.”

At the time he tweeted to @MetPolice: "Your officers unlawfully impounded our Lamborghini tonight&went for joy ride at over double speed limit."

Mr Mackee, who is also a lawyer, now says the matter has been solved "amicably" and that the The Met were “very embarrassed and sorry that it happened because it makes them look so bad.”

The force is also understood to be changing its policy on insurance checks in light of the incident.

Metropolitan Police force officers

The Met Police have taken action against both officers involved Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

A Met Police spokesman said: “After becoming aware of the car owner's concerns, an internal investigation was conducted.

"The police officer who drove the car was given three penalty points on his police driving record. A second officer was subject to management action.

“We are in the process of reimbursing the owner of the car the statutory £150 removal fee.”

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