An Uber driver was arrested on Thursday for grand theft auto, 20 days after the $250,000 black Ferrari he was driving was reported stolen to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville police said.
Hilburn Jay Brendon Hunkins, 26, of Kissimmee, and another unknown driver of a red Corvette were driving slowly and talking to each other while driving on Interstate 75 at about 9 a.m. in Gainesville, according to an arrest report. A police officer noticed the drivers and ran the plates of the 2017 Ferrari California, which was reported stolen.
Police pulled over Hunkins, and he said the car belonged to a friend but couldn’t give officers the friend’s name or phone number, according to the report.
Hunkins asked to use his phone during questioning and tried to erase it before police took it back from him, GPD said.
Police were not able to identify the driver of the Corvette but suspect it was also stolen.
The arrest report lists Hunkins’ occupation as an Uber driver.
GPD posted on Facebook and Twitter joking about the crime, advising thieves not to steal cars, leave the sale sticker on the window and drive next to a police car.
Hunkins was taken to the Alachua County Jail and released on Friday on a $50,000 bond.