Auto Transport Driver Arrested for Joyriding a Customer’s 2011 Corvette


Auto Transport Driver Arrested for Joyriding a Customer's 2011 Corvette
Photo Credit: Kristi Nix

The temptation to take a joyride in a shiny late-model Corvette apparently proved to be too much for a Florida trucker to turn down.

Pearland, Texas police have charged 49-year-old Ronald Francis Kelly of Sebring, Fla., with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a New Year’s Day escapade involving a Corvette and a woman.

Kelly apparently got bored during a two-day layover waiting for more vehicles to haul back to Florida for the auto transport company that he worked for and decided to impress his girlfriend with a ride in a 2011 Corvette that he was hauling. After taking her to dinner on New Year’s night, Kelly was stopped at 9:15 p.m. by police as he was pulling into the parking lot of the La Quinta Hotel, at 9002 W. Broadway in Pearland.

Kelly told authorities that he was authorized to drive the car, but when police contacted them, both the auto transport company and the owner of the Corvette said the trucker was only allowed to load and unload vehicles from the trailer. The owner, as you might expect, asked that charges be filed.

Kelly was taken to the Brazoria County Jail, where he is being held on $20,000 bond. The charges will likely be reviewed by a Brazoria County Grand Jury later this year.

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