Don Perata (D – Oakland) was driving his Senate-owned 2006 Dodge Charger shod with 22-inch chrome wheels and a Candy Apple Red paint job when he was startled by a man knocking on his window.
Said perp was brandishing a gun and ordered the Senator out of the car.
“It was an automatic, and he was nervous, tugging at a mask,” the Oakland Democrat said after the carjacking. “I thought, ‘What if he pulls that trigger?’ Staring down the barrel from three feet away, it looked like the Caldecott Tunnel. … He yelled ‘gangster style’ and I jumped out.”
The car was spotted several hours later, bling intact.
Alls well that ends well I guess. No one thankfully was hurt and the car and all the Senator’s personal possessions appeared to be returned.
My question is why the hell is a Senate owned Charger sporting 22 inch rims and the high priced tires required for them? If Perata purchased them ok, but even he admits it was foolish: “My next car will be something that doesn’t attract so much attention,” Perata said.
If they were paid with state funds Perata has some explainin’ to do.