Brazilian race driver Jamie Melo, ex-Risi Competizione Ferrari driver, got into the wrong kind of race with the Brazilian authorities recently. According to reports on the BBC and Speed, Melo (above, middle) got into an argument with a man outside of a nightclub, and when the police showed up, he got in his car and drove away with the headlights off. A high-speed chase ensued, resulting in Melo crashing into a house, then trying to run away, only to be apprehended on the grounds of the 6th Military Police Battalion.

That meant a night in the clink on charges of
drunk driving, driving under the influence of narcotics, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest. To start with...

e's apparently out now on bail, and his father said he left the country soon afterward to drive a race in Europe. Melo won the ALMS GT2 Championship in 2007 and Le Mans in 2008 and 2009 in GT2. If you're interested, there's a video of him below in better days winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2007 in a Ferrari, battling a Porsche throughout the last half of the last lap.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do they say? You can outrun a cop but can't outrun a radio.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was at Sebring for this of the best finishes I've seen in sports car racing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What was Joerg Bergmeister doing in Brazil?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bummer to see a good driver run into problems like this. I wonder if the cops keep an extra watchful eye on race car drivers thinking they'll try something or if they look the other way a bit more or what.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A high-speed chase ensued, resulting in Melo into a house, then trying to run away, only to be apprehended on the grounds of the 6th Military Police Battalion." Um... is the word "crashing" missing from this?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Party on Jamie!