Updated: 01/25/2013 5:50 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
A Minneapolis business man is charged with insurance fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for taking a high-priced sports car belonging to a customer and crashing it last spring.
40-year-old David Norman Juntunen was arrested Wednesday following a 10-month investigation. Juntunen is the owner of Top Gear Autoworks in Minneapolis, which repairs and stores high-end luxury and sports cars.
According to the criminal complaint, 41-year-old Pamela Jean Dupont of Minneapolis was also charged with insurance fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Juntunen agreed in late 2011 to store two cars for a customer. However, on the night of March 8, 2012, Juntunen took a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo without asking permission and ended up crashing and hitting three trees, two light poles and tore up the turf at B.F. Nelson Park in northeast Minneapolis.
“Once again, we have a case where someone crashes a car and does damage to the vehicle and to property and then tries to sneak away,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “The solution is simple. When you are in an accident that causes damage, call the police immediately. Because as Mr. Juntunen is discovering, law enforcement will investigate and we will file felony charges, all of which are much worse than taking responsibility for the accident at the beginning.”
Juntunen filed an insurance claim against Top Gear’s commercial liability insurance policy to repair the car’s damage. Minneapolis Park Police later figured out the claim was false.