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Driver in Ferrari crash had several DUI arrests

September 19, 2011 |  8:27 am

  The driver of a Ferrari involved in a fatal high-speed crash on Pacific Coast Highway had two convictions for driving under the influence and another DUI case pending.

Police believe that Vladimir Skvortsov, 24, of Upland was driving the Ferrari southbound on PCH at a high rate of speed -- possibly as high as 90 to 100 miles per hour -- early Sunday morning when the car veered off the road just north of Sunset Boulevard and hit a power pole, according to LAPD West Traffic Det. Robert DeArman.

The car split in half and fell over a 30-foot cliff to the beach. Skvortsov and his passenger, Basil Max Price III, 23, of Pomona, were ejected.

Price died at the scene and Skvortsov remained in critical but stable condition Monday.

San Bernardino County court records show Skvortsov had DUI convictions in 2007 and 2009 and another case that was pending when the crash occurred.

Skvortsov was not the registered owner of the Ferrari. DeArman said police were still trying to determine why he was driving it, but said that no one had reported the car stolen. They were also investigating whether Skvortsov had been drinking before the crash, police said.

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