Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Owner not talking after Porsche launched off runway at French Valley Airport (F70), Murrieta/Temecula, California

 If you’re eager to hear the story behind the high-speed launch of a Porsche Cayman off a French Valley Airport runway Nov. 25, you might have to wait a while.

California Highway Patrol officials say the Temecula owner of the sports car has hired a lawyer and isn’t talking.

About 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, a tan 2012 Porsche Cayman sped north up the runway at the airport off Winchester Road, reaching speeds well over 100 mph, said Officer Nathan Baer, a spokesman for the Temecula-area CHP office.

The sports car failed to stop at the end of the runway, launching off an embankment, grazing the top of the metal fence around the airport and landing in the eastbound lane of Auld Road, Baer said. The car continued across Auld Road and came to rest in a field.

When officers arrived, the driver was gone, CHP officials said. And when officers spoke with the owner’s wife shortly after the crash, she said she didn’t know where he was.

Baer said officers reached the owner several days after the crash but the man declined to give his side of the story.

Baer said he could not release the name of the owner because he has not been arrested or charged.

He said the car is registered out of Temecula and the owner is a pilot.

The crash is being investigated as a property-damage hit-and-run.

Baer said the investigation will continue, with or without the owner’s cooperation.

UPDATE: Owner not talking after Porsche launched off runway:  http://blog.pe.com/crime-blotter

 Porsche takes flight on an airport runway:   http://www.pe.com

French Valley Airport:  http://www.rcfva.com

French Valley Airport  (F70):   http://www.airnav.com/airport/F70

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