Federal Government Escapes Liability For Wrecked Ferrari

What happens when an FBI agent and a federal prosecutor take an impounded supercar for a joyride and wreck it? Apparently nothing.

In 2009, a FBI agent and a prosecutor decided to take a 1995 Ferrari F50 sports car for a spin. The car, valued at $750,000, had been impounded in connection with a theft investigation. According to the lawsuit filed by the vehicle’s insurance company, while the agents were out joyriding, they lost control of the powerful car and wrecked it. The insurance company filed suit to recover the value of the car.

Although the judge hearing the case agreed that it was “certainly unfortunate what befell” the vehicle, he nevertheless dismissed the lawsuit, citing a federal statute which makes the government immune from lawsuit over property in their custody.

The judge’s opinion can be found here.