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Stolen Limo Ends With Crash in Utah

LCT Staff
Posted on April 5, 2002

A Utah man who, according to investigators, was wanted by almost every police agency in Salt Lake County and nearby Davis County, was arrested following a chase involving a stolen limousine. Guy William Fenstermaker, 43, was charged with stealing a limousine and leading sheriff?s deputies on a high-speed chase, in addition to more than $25,000 in warrants out for his arrest.

The incident began when Fen-stermaker stole a limousine in West Jordan, Utah, that was up for sale after the recent Olym-pics. About 5,000 miles and 22 days later, Fenstermaker showed up at LMS Limousine in Layton, Utah, to test drive another limousine that was for sale. Chris Crowder, owner of LMS Limousine, took Fenster-maker on a test drive. ?He said he really wanted it and would get with me next week,? Crow-der said. When Fenstermaker returned a week later he asked for another test drive, and as Crowder was locking up his shop, Fenstermaker took off with Crowder?s 1998 stretch, leaving behind the 1996 stolen limousine.

?At first I really didn?t think he had stolen it, because he had been so profes-sional and nice,? Crowder said. ?I was telling police that while he was talking to me, he an-swered his phone with a com-pany name and gave people pricing. He pretended to do all these things which made me feel comfortable and he looked like any other limousine opera-tor.?

The police had already been investigating Fenstermaker on fraud charges, and organized a sting, offering him $100 for a limousine ride. When Fenster-maker showed up at the location and saw what was waiting for him, he managed to escape the area with Crowder?s limousine, and a high-speed chase ensued.

?He was going 30 miles per hour down the road and got onto the Interstate, going about 50 miles per hour,? Crowder said. ?There were helicopters following him ? it looked like O.J. Simpson all over again, in a limousine!? The chase ended when police boxed Fenstermaker in and fo-ced him into the concrete barri-cade. He is currently being held at the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $250,000.

Crowder, a small operator with four vehicles, says that his insurance company will cover the body damage. ?The esti-mate is $15,000 to $20,000 in damage,? Crowder said. ?I?m losing $2,000 to $3,000 a week and it?s going to be a three to four week downtime with my car.?

Crowder quit his full-time job six months ago to start his full-time limousine business. ?For three years I climbed tele-phone poles for AT&T and then I would drive limousines for 12 hours,? he said. ?I would drive limousines on Friday and Satur-day nights until six in the morning and be at AT&T by eight. I have a contract wth one of the casinos in Nevada and I was doing great. Now I?m just fighting to stay alive. But I have so much good stuff going on with the casinos that I?m not about to let this guy ruin my three years of hard work. If I have to, I?ll take out a loan or something to make this work.?

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