• Feb 22, 2008
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You may remember the December story involving 62-year-old California State Senate President Pro Tem, Don Perata (D - DUB City Oakland), who got his name in the paper after being jacked at gunpoint for his red 2006 Dodge Charger R/T. Of great amusement to everyone was the news that the Senator apparently rolled with mad flavor. His state-owned HEMI Charger, you see, was fitted with a set of 22" Panther wheels that are straight blingin'. So incongruous was the mental image of Perata rolling on deuce deuces that the police officer taking the carjacking call had to confirm what he'd heard, asking, "We're talking about the suspect's car or the senator's car?"

Anyway, the Senator came through the incident unscathed and the Dodge was later recovered, dubs intact. Good thing, too, because that very car is up for grabs on eBay. You can now rock the party like Don Perata once did. Beyond the flying saucers sitting in the wheel wells, the Charger is stock, with the 5.7L HEMI and full Tupperware/faux wood interior. There are no bids yet, but a "Buy It Now" figure of $24,500 beckons aspiring players. As for the Senator, we wonder what the state has obtained for him this time around. Seeing as he's now shed his 22" training wheels and is ready step things up a level, perhaps Big Don will have the taxpayers set him up with something like this. It seems like it might suit his tastes.


[Source: eBay via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought Opra gave him the car not the state?
      • 6 Years Ago
      police officer taking the call had to confirm, asking, "We're talking about the suspect's car or the senator's car?"

      Thats the best part. So racist, sexist and sterotypical but all in all so funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha! You gotta love Oaktown, at least for its sheer entertainment value.

      I hope Autoblog keeps a close eye on Perata's future rides as well :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now I see where some of my state taxes goes to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They're called TWANKIE DUECES, playa.