Police officers seized a £200,000 Lamborghini and took it for a joy ride – driving at nearly twice the speed limit, according to the owner.
Officers pulled over Huracan supercar, which can be hired for £2,400 for a weekend, after checks mistakenly showed that it had no insurance.
The car’s tracker then clocked it doing 63mph in a 30mph zone as well as 47mph and 53 mph in the same restriction – after it was in the care of the Met Police.
The car, owned by London-based car hire company City Supercars, was pulled over on Wednesday as a delivery driver took the Italian vehicle to a hotel near Heathrow Airport.
It was due to be taken to Bradford, Yorkshire, for a client to use in a wedding.
The car was initially pulled just before midnight on Wednesday evening over because the luxury car hire company was renewing its car insurance but the new details were not on the Motor Insurance Database.
Owner of City Supercars, Erwyn Mackee, said the officer spoke to him at the road side and insisted on still confiscating the car, despite him emailing documents as proof of insurance.
The 32-year-old, who is also a lawyer, said: “I emailed him the documents from the new insurer but he said that I could have Photoshopped them and that is wasn’t proof of cover, I’m going to impound the car.
“I said ‘I would have to be quick to Photoshop them while I was on the phone to him.
“I told him I’m a lawyer and that you have to have overwhelming evidence that there is no insurance and I’ve sent you proof’.
“But he didn’t believe I was a lawyer, he said I should keep my cool and started threatening the driver with arrest.
“Then five more police cars turned up. They must have not had much to do last night and just wanted to look at the car.
“It doesn’t really make sense, he just wanted to have a bit of drive.
“In the morning at 8am we went and showed the officers at the station the same paper work and they realised the car.”
The tracker records show the car being driven on the North Perimeter Road in Hounslow at speeds of 53mph, 47 mph and 63 mph in 30 mph zones between 1.03am and 1.05am on Thursday morning.
Erwyn, whose company also hires out Ferraris, Bentleys and Aston Martins says he will make a formal complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but did not receive a reply to his tweet to the Met Police.
He added: “The tracker is picked up by our insurer and every time it breaks the speed limit it is logged so this will be costly, I’m going to have to explain this to out insurance company as well.
“And 60 mph is really unsafe in a 30 zone, nobody should be doing those speeds.
“If you or I were caught doing that speed we would be given huge fines. It’s just crazy.”
Erwyn tweeted a video of the police cars arriving and screenshot of the tracker showing the the speed the supercar reached after it was impounded.
He tweeted to @MetPolice: “Your officers unlawfully impounded our Lamborghini tonight&went for joy ride at over double speed limit.”
The Met Police said they are investigating the incident.