GALVESTON – Lufkin auto dealer Andy House had no idea a video camera was running as his $1.2 million Bugatti Veyron EB plunged into a La Marque lagoon two years ago.
House told police that a seagull made him veer off the Interstate 45 feeder road and into 3 feet of salt water.
The video taken by a passing motorist, which was posted on Youtube, and information from a confidential informant led Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. to accuse House in a federal lawsuit of intentionally driving his car into the lagoon in order to collect the $2.2 million insurance on the car. It had a 1,001 horsepower engine capable of propelling it to 253 mph.
House, who sells exotic cars, denies the accusation and has countersued the insurance company for failing to pay as promised. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.
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