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Owner Arrested After Ultra-Rare Gemballa Mirage GT Goes on a Wrecking-Spree in Manhattan

Road & Track logo Road & Track 4/7/2020 Brian Silvestro

Rough morning *photos taken by me*

A post shared by ronnie c 📷 (@ronniecnyc) on Apr 7, 2020 at 8:00am PDT

One Porsche owner is having a morning they'd likely wish to forget.

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A driver of a Gemballa Mirage GT—an ultra-rare, highly modified version of the already rare Carrera GT—wrecked into a handful of cars in midtown Manhattan Tuesday morning. The damage isn't pretty, judging by these pictures shared by Instagram user ronniecnyc.

The owner of the car was arrested following the series of crashes, a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track. Police said the car was not stolen, but was being operated by its owner. Charges are currently pending.

Though police have not yet identified the owner, this appears to be the same Gemballa Mirage GT owned by GoldRush Rally co-founder Benjamin Chen. The supercar owner, who goes by BC on Instagram, owns an extensive collection of exotics, and spoke to DuPont Registry back in 2014 about Gemballa's modification of his newly purchased Carrera GT. Here's a photo Chen posted of the car just last April on his Instagram.

The car struck several vehicles along 11th Avenue on the west side of Manhattan before eventually coming to a stop on 44th street, just north of the Javits Center, according to Fox 5 NY. The New York International Auto Show is held annually at the convention center, though the space is currently being used as field hospital amid the coronavirus outbreak.

a police car parked on the side of a road: Things aren't going so well for the owner of this highly-modified Porsche Carrera GT. © ronniecnyc - Instagram Things aren't going so well for the owner of this highly-modified Porsche Carrera GT.

Video shows the car speeding away after a collision with what seems to be a parked van. Despite the significant damage done to the front end, the car was able to flee the scene, running at least one red light in the process.

WTF 🙃🙃 #porsche

A post shared by Exotics Vs Classics (@speedtimers) on Apr 7, 2020 at 7:52am PDT

Is he trying to leave? 🤔 wtf

A post shared by TURNPIKE RACING LEAGUE®️ (@trlrace) on Apr 7, 2020 at 8:57am PDT

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