May 18, 2006
In the early morning hours of Feb. 21, a red Ferrari Enzo met with a telephone pole on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Now its alleged driver will be turning his hopes of acquittal over to a Dothan attorney who likes the idea of a challenge. WSFA.com is the first in the nation with the news that Dothan attorney Jim Parkman will take on the case.
According to the L.A. County Senior Media Relation Spokesman, Steve Whitmore, found at the scene was Bo Stefan M. Eriksson, a Swedish businessman. Whitmore confirms it was a single-car accident and says that Eriksson said he, Eriksson, was not driving the car. The $1 million vehicle was totaled.
Whitmore confirms that Eriksson had a business card in his possession indicating that Eriksson was with the San Gabriel Valley Transit Agency's anti-terrorism division.
According to a press secretary with the L.A. County D.A.'s office, Eriksson is charged with three counts each of embezzlement and grand theft, one count of a felon in possession of a gun and two counts of misdemeanor of DUI. His blood alcohol content according to the charges was higher than .08 at the time of the crash. He is being held on $3 million bail.
A press release from the L.A. County D.A.'s office alleges Eriksson was driving more than 100 mph, but media reports indicate Eriksson was going around 194 mph at the time of the crash.
Dothan lawyer Jim Parkman says if reports of the speed of the car are true, you have to like the idea of representing "somebody who walked away from a 200 mph crash in a Ferrari." There are reports that there is a video from inside the car which shows what happened, but Parkman nor the L.A. County Sheriff's office, nor the L.A. County D.A.'s office would confirm or deny existence of the tape.
Eriksson is a former executive with Gizmondo, a European video game company. The L.A. County D.A.'s office says in a press release the Swede is suspected of importing two Enzo Ferraris and a rare Mercedes – with a total value of $3.8 million. The cars are allegedly owned by British financial institutions and leased to Eriksson, and the lease agreement allegedly did not allow Eriksson to take the cars out of Great Britain.
The L.A. County D.A.'s office says Eriksson was convicted of counterfeiting in Sweden in the early 1990s.
Eriksson's arraignment will now be held on May 30. There was one previously scheduled for April 17th.
Jim Parkman says he has taken the case, but there are a few minor details to be worked out. Parkman says he has been in constant contact with Eriksson's family and has talked to Eriksson for about three hours in the L.A. County Jail when he was on the West Coast last week. Parkman says he talked with Eriksson in general terms about the case but has not had the chance yet to delve into the specific facts of the case.
The ever engaging Parkman says flat out that he would loved to have had the chance to drive the Ferrari.
We'll be following the case as it progresses and have more on this case and its background in the near future.