A Qatari driver who raced a luxury sports car at near-triple-digit speeds around Beverly Hills on Saturday has claimed diplomatic immunity after being confronted by police.
Video taken by bystanders captured a yellow Ferrari and a white Porsche zooming down residential streets in Beverly Hills, blowing right past stop signs and intersections and endangering children playing in the area, reports CBS Los Angeles.
When police arrived at the home, the Qatari driver reportedly claimed he had diplomatic immunity and denied speeding or driving recklessly. Police said they could not issue a citation because they did not observe the incident directly.
“My boys were out in the street biking and it was very scary,” witness Roya Levian told CBS. “They were passing the stop sign several times for a good 20 minutes.”
“I was scared to go home, like any second an 80 mile per hour zooming car can come and hit all of us,” 10-year-old Ashton Levian told KTLA5.
Journalist Jacob Rogers, who witnessed the incident, told CBS he confronted the driver at his home. Rogers said the man cursed at him, told him to get off of his property, and said “F*** America, and he threw a cigarette at me and that was before he indicated he could kill me and get away with it.”
Beverly Hills police are reportedly working with the U.S. State Department to determine the diplomatic status of the individuals involved in the street race.