By now, everyone with internet access has seen the pics of the Lamborghini Gallardo used by the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato). One of two donated by Lamborghini, it was actually used for traffic enforcement and emergency response on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in southern Italy.
I say “was used”, as these pictures show why a 500 horsepower exotic car is a bad choice for a police cruiser, even if it does have all wheel drive, lights and siren. I’d venture a guess that a Crown Vic Police Interceptor with a push bar on the front would have fared a little better in this accident. On the other hand, there wouldn’t have been much left of black Mercedes.
The accident happened last November, when the distracted driver of a Seat Ibiza pulled out of this gas station without looking, directly into the path of the Lamborghini. The officer behind the wheel was clipped by the Seat, then swerved into a line of parked cars, including the Mercedes acting as a hood ornament. Want some irony? The Lamborghini was returning from a convention on road safety.
Thanks to my buddy Dan for the pictures!