Ferrari written off after owner lends it to charity

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A Ferrari owner had to watch his 360 Spider go up in flames after he lent it to a charity to raise funds, but then got into trouble for claiming it was him and not a friend that was driving at the time.

Southampton car dealer Chris Carey allowed the £50,000 supercar to be used for rides around Newbury show ground at £15 a go. But when he got tired, he handed the keys to an uninsured friend, who lost control and slammed the Ferrari into a tree.

The car burst into flames, although both the driver, David Eldridge, and his young passenger escaped unharmed.

But 40-year-old Carey got into more bother when he tried to say that it was him behind the wheel at the time of the accident. He has now been found guilty of attempting to defraud his insurance company to cover the cost of the £50,000 car.

Judge Gary Burrell said at Southampton Crown Court: "I accept of course you were carrying out a laudable act in promoting this charitable event.

"But subsequently you carried out a blatantly dishonest attempt by filling in an application form designed to deceive your insurance company to pay out for an expensive car."

Carey must carry out 200 hours of unpaid community service work as punishment.