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Man at Wheel of 'Out-of-Control' Prius Has Troubled Financial Past
Foxnews ^ | 3/12/2010 | Staff

Posted on 03/12/2010 12:50:06 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

The man who became the face of the Toyota gas pedal scandal this week has a troubled financial past that is leading some to question whether he was wholly truthful in his story.

On Monday, James Sikes called 911 to report that he was behind the wheel of an out-of-control Toyota Prius going 94 mph on a freeway near San Diego. Twenty-three minutes later, a California Highway Patrol officer helped guide him to a stop, a rescue that was captured on videotape.

Since then, it's been learned that:

— Sikes filed for bankruptcy in San Diego in 2008. According to documents, he was more than $700,000 in debt and roughly five months behind in payments on his Prius;

— In 2001, Sikes filed a police report with the Merced County Sheriff's Department for $58,000 in stolen property, including jewelry, a digital video camera and equipment and $24,000 in cash;

— Sikes has hired a law firm, though it has indicated he has no plans to sue Toyota;

— Sikes won $55,000 on television's "The Big Spin" in 2006, Fox40.com reports, and the real estate agent has boasted of celebrity clients such as Constance Ramos of "Extreme Home Makeover."

While authorities say they don't doubt Sikes' account, several bloggers and a man who bought a home from Sikes in 2007 question whether the 61-year-old entrepreneur may have concocted the incident for publicity or for monetary gain.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hoax; jamessikes; prius; toyota; warontoyota

1 posted on 03/12/2010 12:50:06 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Okay,at least he didn’t go thru a 7-11 window!


2 posted on 03/12/2010 12:52:31 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Red in Blue PA

How do you get 5 months behind on your car payment and get repoed?


3 posted on 03/12/2010 12:53:48 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

I have 4 PM tuesday march 15, 2010 on the over/under for this to be declared a hoax


4 posted on 03/12/2010 1:01:24 PM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Shoulda tried the old Wendy’s Chilli finger.


5 posted on 03/12/2010 1:02:40 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Mr. K

CHP says the officer smelled smoke and believes it to be genuine. If it was an NBC journalist, we’d have to go back to the tape of the “exploding gastanks” to make a ruling...


6 posted on 03/12/2010 1:03:23 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Red in Blue PA

This guy is probably also a Democrat and a Union supporter that is piling on. The Rat’s smell blood and they are going for it.


7 posted on 03/12/2010 1:04:12 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Red in Blue PA

He really didn’t like the status symbol he was driving, and it sure is odd all these cars are failing.


8 posted on 03/12/2010 1:04:12 PM PST by devistate one four ( Kimber .45 CDP Ultra 230 gn. hard ball. OOHRAH! TET68)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Next week, I expect him to accidentally send his kid into the sky aboard a home-built helium balloon.


9 posted on 03/12/2010 1:04:45 PM PST by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
In 2001, Sikes filed a police report with the Merced County Sheriff's Department for $58,000 in stolen property, including jewelry, a digital video camera and equipment and $24,000 in cash;

How is that damning? I'm going to reserve judgment.

...the real estate agent has boasted...

Wait. He's a real estate agent? Put him in jail.

Just kidding.

Kind of...

10 posted on 03/12/2010 1:05:07 PM PST by TankerKC ("...wankerKC..." --agromination March 11, 2010.)
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To: Mr. K

It didn’t pass the smell test for me from the beginning. Who makes a cell call if your car is going 80 mph and gaining speed?


11 posted on 03/12/2010 1:06:20 PM PST by twigs
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To: a fool in paradise

It seems like it’d be easy enough to keep the accelerator pushed down while also applying the brakes enough to make the brake lights visibly come on for outside observers’ benefit, though I don’t know exactly how the Toyota’s brake system would react to that..


12 posted on 03/12/2010 1:07:18 PM PST by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: twigs

That was my exact thought too.


13 posted on 03/12/2010 1:15:49 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Mr. K

I’ll take the under.


14 posted on 03/12/2010 1:19:41 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: twigs

why did he not put it in neutral when the cop was yelling on his PA to do so?


15 posted on 03/12/2010 1:21:44 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Looks like a wheeler-dealer.

16 posted on 03/12/2010 1:46:06 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Has anyone else noticed that these Toyota malfunctioning cars only began AFTER the recalls began.


17 posted on 03/12/2010 2:06:45 PM PST by Rapunzel (Never forget Fallujah..S. Helvenston RIP.....Sarah...Sarah...Sarah loves America)
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To: Sloth
Next week, I expect him to accidentally send his kid into the sky aboard a home-built helium balloon.

You just set the bar for the Post-of-the-Thread Award.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

18 posted on 03/12/2010 2:09:46 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Hey driving 35 miles at high speed, calling 911 on his cell while driving and in all that time he can’t manage to reach down and put the car in neutral? I’m mean, please maybe the dumb ass tree huggers who buy these things believe his story but I doubt anyone else does.


19 posted on 03/12/2010 2:10:15 PM PST by marlon
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To: Red in Blue PA
"That was my exact thought too."

It has that funny smell. . . . . .

20 posted on 03/12/2010 2:23:16 PM PST by DeaconRed (HEALTH CARE: We want what Congress has. Anything they pass for US They MUST get the same)
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To: Mr. K

Not quite sure how to go yet. March 15, 2010 is a Monday... Tuesday would be March 16.


21 posted on 03/12/2010 2:32:56 PM PST by ken in texas
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To: Red in Blue PA; All

The government has killed more Americans than Toyota’s been accused of by forcing them iinto smaller cars: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2468420/posts


22 posted on 03/12/2010 3:17:45 PM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Most of these "victims" look like current/former Yankee union thugs.

A government/union thug conspiracy to destroy Government Motors stiffest competition?

When you consider the MILLIONS of great vehicles Toyota has put out, and a relative HANDFUL of complaints against them, this appears to be a big government/union-puke-driven media circus.

BUY TOYOTA, HONDA, FORD (union made, but at least they didn't rape the taxpayers).

23 posted on 03/12/2010 7:13:05 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: DocH

The only “American” car I will ever consider in the future is Ford.....and this comes from a guy who has NEVER bought a foreign car.

I would consider one now that GM and Chrysler are off of my list.


24 posted on 03/13/2010 6:29:49 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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