Man crashes 'lemon' into dealership cars

July 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H., July 21 (UPI) -- A man said he crashed his van into six cars at a New Hampshire car dealership because the dealer refused to take his "lemon" vehicle back.

David Cross of Salisbury, Mass., was charged with six felony counts of criminal mischief. He said his wife purchased the van Monday at the Portsmouth Used Car Superstore and he soon discovered the vehicle had major problems including a broken odometer, the Portsmouth Herald reported Thursday.

Cross said his mechanic recommended he "take it back," but the dealer refused to refund his money and told him he was "stuck with it."

Cross said he brought the van back to the dealership just before midnight Monday night and drove it into six cars.

"I hit the first $25,000 car I could see," Cross said. "I didn't hit a car under $20,000. Then I moved a van that they wouldn't come down on the price for. I moved it with the lemon they sold me. I just held it to the floor until I couldn't move it anymore. I took out seven vehicles, including my own."

Cross said he flagged down a police cruiser and told an officer "the deal." He was arrested and released on his own recognizance.

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