Long used car test drive leads to charges


A Bristol man's test drive at a Westport used car dealership started badly when he grazed another car on the way out of the lot.

It went worse when he didn't return from his test drive until 90 minutes later.

And it went worse still when police discovered that the car he had driven to Westport for the test drive had been reported stolen by a Middletown rental car company.

Westport Police were called to 3D Auto Sales, 575 State Road, Westport, at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, for a report of a disturbance.

There they encountered an angry dispute between employees and a man identified as 74-year-old Frank T. Canario, 201 Metacom Ave., Bristol.

Police were told that Mr. Canario had showed up in a Chevrolet Impala and asked to take a car at the EZ lot (no report of brand) for a test drive. Just a few feet into that test drive he struck another car in the lot — an employee told him not to worry about it because the impact was not serious.

But the 3D Auto staff was less pleased when Mr. Canario didn't return from his test drive for an hour and a half (number of miles not reported). A dispute ensued and police were called.

A check of the Impala that Mr. Canario had driven in revealed that it had been reported stolen from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Middletown. Police also discovered a Taunton warrant for Mr. Canario's arrest.

He was arrested on that warrant as well as on charges of receiving stolen property over $250 and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.


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Well, if it was late fall i'd say he was just looking for a bed for the winter. What was this guy thinking. What is any used car lot employee thinking, giving the keys out to a 74 yr old man, or anyone for that matter, and not escorting him\them on the test drive. After he hits a car in the parking lot pulling out for god's sake, they still allowed him to drive a car off the lot. What's really mind boggling is, he apparently didn't have a license. This is one of the weirdest stories I've read in a long time.

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