Top Gear Autoworks on East Lake Street specialized in restoring high-end collectible cars. But when owner David Juntenen took a client’s 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo for a joyride last March with a female employee and wrecked the car, the shop wasn’t able to salvage the wreckage.
Juntenen and Pamela Jean DuPont first claimed that the wreck was an accident and DuPont had swerved to miss an animal. The shop’s insurance agent didn’t believe the story. Last winter, Juntenen and DuPont were charged with insurance fraud and theft.
This isn’t the first time Juntenen has been to court. According to the Pioneer Press, he’s been charged with 59 crimes in 30 court cases, of which 38 were driving-related offenses. Of those, 13 happened after his license had been revoked and 10 were driving while impaired.
Because of this history, earlier this week a Hennepin County judge sentenced Juntenen to six months in the county workhouse.
Yesterday (12/12), the City shut down Top Gear for good citing an unrenewed license and no liability insurance.
Top Gear was located at 2401 E. Lake Street in Minneapolis.
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