Qatari sheik sought in L.A. streetrace may be in Vancouver
Published Sunday, September 20, 2015 9:59PM EDT
The owner of a Ferrari recorded speeding through a Beverly Hills neighbourhood last week has been linked to a hotel in Vancouver, B.C.
Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar left the U.S. Thursday, police said, after a video surfaced of his bright yellow, 12-cylinder LaFerrari and a white Porsche racing on narrow streets and blowing through stop signs.
Police officers investigating reports of reckless driving found the Ferrari, which is valued at approximately US$1.4 million new, parked in a driveway.
A man believed to be Al Thani told officers that the car was his, but denied speeding or driving recklessly.
Police said he also told them he had diplomatic immunity, but that is unlikely, according to Police Chief Dominick Rivetti.
On Sunday, CTV Vancouver called the luxurious Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, to see if the sheik had checked in.
Hotel staff proceeded to connect CTV Vancouver reporter Jon Woodward to a room where they said Al Thani was staying.
"Is this Mr. Al Thani's room?" asked Woodward.
"It is. Can I help you?" answered a woman.
Woodward questioned the woman, but she said she knew nothing about the L.A. Ferrari incident.
Hotel staff insisted that the call was connected to the right room and there are a couple of rooms registered under his name.
A private jet that arrived in Vancouver on Thursday has also been connected to Al Thani.
The plane is registered in Bermuda, where some of Al Thani's fleet is reportedly based.
Vancouver police say they don't have jurisdiction in the case.
With files from The Associated Press and CTV Vancouver's Jon Woodward