A luxury-car aficionado on a bender all but totaled his ultra-rare, million-dollar ride when he plowed it into parked vehicles in Hell’s Kitchen, cops said on Tuesday.
Benjamin Chen, 33, was allegedly high on unspecified drugs and speeding his blue 2014 Gemballa Mirage GT south on 11th Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when he started treating the limited-edition whip more like a bumper car.
He slammed into a parked and unoccupied white van near West 47th Street, but instead of sticking around to exchange information with the owner, he sputtered off so fast a portion of his hood appears to fly off from the wind, according to cops and video posted to Reddit.
From there, Chen — who lives on West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue — smashed into three other empty parked cars before he was eventually cuffed at West 44th Street, police said.
Police were initially responding to reports of a stolen car, but it later became clear the only thing missing was Chen’s common sense. “It is definitely not a stolen car,” a police spokeswoman said.
The banged-up Gemballa is apparently the most unique out of Chen’s lavish collection of luxury cars, according to a 2014 interview published by the duPont Registry Daily car blog, which details that Chen bought the blue ride — one of just 25 produced — in memory of his late dad.
“It’s heartbreaking. That’s a great car,” said Chris Scaturo, 32, a luxury-car salesman at Cloud Nine Exotics in Manhattan.
“It’s a very rare car. Anybody who has an auto-enthusiast bone in their body would feel bad about what happened to that car.
“If anything happened to it, God forbid, it would be an insane amount of money to replace,” Scaturo said. “To somebody like Ben Chen, it’s just a drop in the bucket.”
Scaturo, who has eight years of sales experience under his belt, estimates the car could easily sell for over a million bucks.
Chen was charged with reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and was being held at the Midtown North station house on Tuesday. Cops couldn’t say what drugs he’s suspected of being on.
Chen could not be reached for comment.