Well-known mechanic arrested for allegedly selling classic Ferraris he didn’t own

By | April 16, 2024

A well-known exotic car mechanic was arrested in Arizona earlier this month after allegedly trying to sell a Ferrari Daytona and Ferrari 512BB that he was not the rightful owner of, police said in court documents.

Donnie Callaway was arrested April 1 at the Lower Buckeye Jail in Maricopa County on charges of theft, dealing in stolen property, forgery and fraud.

In the public eye, Callaway seemed to live a life that most mechanics could only dream of. A quick visit to his Instagram page would be enough to make any gearhead drool. He worked on the rarest, most exquisite vintage Italian exotics ever made. His work seemed to take him all over the world. He had contact with some of the biggest car collectors in the world. He was featured on the YouTube series Jay Leno’s Garage and was even previously mentioned Road and rail. But beyond being a mechanical talent, his recent legal battles raise questions.

The April 1 arrest for allegedly selling a Daytona and 512 BB that Callaway did not own carries a slew of serious charges, but these aren’t the only legal troubles he faces.

Callaway was accused of unfair trade practices, title forgery and auto theft in a lawsuit filed against him in August 2023 by Arthur Teerlynck. The lawsuit seeks the return of a 1973 Ferrari Daytona, a 1961 Maserati 3500 Spyder Vignale, a 1986 Ferrari 328 and a 1995 Rolls-Royce Flying Spur. The lawsuit alleges that Callaway did not have the permit required by law to work as an auto repair mechanic and that he wrongfully took control of the plaintiff’s vehicles and attempted to conceal them. It is then alleged that Callaway sabotaged a Ferrari Testarossa in the plaintiff’s garage, causing the engine to fail, and then bragged about it on social media. A hearing in this case will be held on May 14.

According to a probable cause statement filed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) after his April arrest, Callaway originally came into possession of Teerlynck’s Ferrari Daytona and Ferrari 512BB as a broker of sorts, receiving the pair from the initial purchase dealer in California . and convincing Teerlynck to have nearly $1 million in engine and paint work done. After a confrontation by Teerlynck over the lack of progress, police say Callaway then fraudulently convinced a shipping company that he owned the vehicles and managed to repossess the titles to each vehicle in 2020.

Fast forward to March 2023, Don files a mechanical lien on the Ferraris [sic] in California without Arthur’s knowledge, even though Arthur has paid all agreed-upon invoices,” police said in a court document. “Don then sells Arthur’s Maserati to someone from Pennsylvania without his consent and the next day Don buys and registers an airplane it in his name.”

After an official complaint from Teerlynck and two attempts to sell the Ferrari bodies failed, detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Vehicle Theft Task Force and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into Callaway, according to the statement. probable cause. After checking the VINs of both Ferraris, the statement states that the classics were officially reported stolen on February 9, 2024. Arizona DPS detectives were told Callaway was traveling to Arizona and made an arrest at a Wells Fargo Bank. before executing a search warrant at Callaway’s storage facility, where the Ferraris’ engines and other parts were kept.

“He fraudulently owned stolen vehicles and then trafficked them to another state and sold the stolen vehicles,” police said in the report. “When that wasn’t enough, he then used the duplicate titles to create [the interested buyer] believed he was the owner of the cars and got money from him and then another buyer went and tried to fraudulently resell the same cars to someone else.”

In the civil suit, Callaway’s attorneys denied the allegations and argued that a number of laws — the Automotive Repair Act and Vehicle Codes §§9262 and 11735 — that he allegedly violated do not apply to cases between two private parties. Likewise, Callaway’s attorneys argue that the agreements between Teerlynck and Callaway were oral, meaning that these contracts were subject to a two-year statute of limitations. With the original agreements made in early 2019 and the final payments by Teerlynck due in early 2021, Callaway’s attorneys argue that the filing of the August 2023 complaint was too late to be valid.

Currently, Callaway is being held on a $400,000 bond for his April 1 arrest. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for April 17. Court documents list Callaway as a flight risk to California. The first pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 4. The trial is scheduled for August 14.

The attorneys representing Callaway in his criminal and civil suit both declined to comment R&T.

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