Built-in Corvette cam captures valet's joyride

Dan Cowles said the caught-on-camera joyride in his Corvette Stingray cost the valet his job.

By Ben Hooper
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COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Corvette owner who dropped his car off with a California valet said the built-in camera caught the valet taking his car on an indoor 50 mph joyride.

Dan Cowles, who posted the video online at, said he left the built-in camera in "valet mode" when he dropped his new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray off with the valet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.


Cowles said the video showed the valet accelerating the car up to 50 mph in about five seconds inside the garage.

"The first thing I saw was that he went 50 mph, he went 0 to 50, which is pretty obvious what he was doing," Cowles told ABC News. "When he parked the car into the stall, he went out of the car and looked at the front end of the car ... I was concerned about damage about the front of the car, but fortunately there was no damage."

Cowles said he contacted the owner of the valet company.

"The owner called me up yesterday, the first thing he said he spoke to his attorney and told me the video was illegal," Cowles said. "I think my impression was the owner didn't realize the video was built into the car. I informed him this was standard of Corvettes and that as long as audio isn't recorded in California it's not illegal; he didn't realize that."


Cowles said the owner told him the driver was fired.

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