December 22, 2011 in Nation/World

Spinout ends joy ride for Lamborghini winner

Paul Foy Associated Press
 
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This photo from Maverik stores shows David Dopp with his daughters and the 2008 Lamborghini he won.
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SALT LAKE CITY – A truck driver who won a Lamborghini worth about $300,000 in a convenience store contest crashed the sports car six hours after he got it, and he now plans to sell the 640-horsepower convertible because he can’t afford the insurance or taxes.

“I already had offers on it. I’m going to sell it,” David Dopp said Wednesday. “I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I’ve got a family to support.”

Dopp, a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay, spun out of control just a few hours after taking the keys to the Murcielago Roadster that he won in a “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores.

The lime green convertible was being held by his insurance company at a Utah towing yard.

The father of six said he couldn’t afford to pay taxes on the car or the insurance, which runs $3,500 every six months.

Dopp was taking family and friends on joy rides the first evening. He said he took a curve at about 45 mph and “hit some black ice and spun out.” The car jumped a curb and went through a fence before stopping about 75 feet off the road. Neither Dopp nor his passenger was injured.

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