The New York Post reports that a chauffeur for a senior U.N. diplomat from the United Arab Emirates had the Mercedes-Benz he was driving stolen and then crashed in New York City on Thursday.
The incident occurred near Gramercy Park in New York City, after the chauffeur, Ghulan Rehmani, left the $100,000 Mercedes S550 he was driving double-parked and idling while he went in to a store for a cup of tea. While he was inside, someone got behind the wheel of the car, tried to make a u-turn, and crashed into some scaffolding instead.
"I was in there for only a minute, and when I came outside it was gone,” Rehmani told the Post. “He made a U-turn, jumped the sidewalk and hit the building."
The thief ran from the scene and is at large.
Rehmani, who lives in Queens, New York, is a driver for Saeed al Shamsi, who arrived in New York several days ago for the U.N. General Assembly. A spokesperson for the UAE Mission described Shamsi as a "senior member" of the county's delegation this week.
The car, which was registered to a New Jersey car service, had a flat tire and some dents.