Woman writes off car on test-drive because she wanted to ‘test its capabilities’

A woman who wrecked an Audi on a test-drive, leaving a 450-foot trail of destruction, miraculously escaped unharmed.

30-year-old Zujey Martinez, from Norwich, Connecticut, told police she had driven the second-hand 2013 Audi S5 at speeds in excess of 100mph, hitting several trees and rolling the vehicle onto its roof, because she wanted to “test the capabilities” of the car.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that there was a passenger in the car at the time of the incident, but locals say that car dealers are not currently joining potential buyers on test drives because of Covid-19 precautions.

Connecticut State Police’s Troop E, based in Montville, attended the dramatic scene.

Writing afterwards on the force’s official Facebook page, a police spokesperson wrote: “The operator of this vehicle, a 30-year-old Norwich woman, got to test out the numerous safety features on her new vehicle while operating in excess of 100 MPH on I-395 northbound prior to Exit 18 in the Town of Norwich.

“After crashing, witnesses called Troop E – Montville to report their observed erratic driving of that crashed vehicle.

“Troopers responded and investigated the nearly 450 foot scene. The operator admitted to her high speeds as she wanted to test the capabilities of the vehicle.”

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Commenting on the post, Norwich local Bunny Rodriguez said “Well that was a safe car, it saved her life.

“A little impulsive it seems and she’s darn lucky she survived and didn’t injure anyone else.”

Sean Drake helpfully added: “That will buff out.”

Martinez and her passenger suffered minor injuries, and were taken to the nearby William W. Backus Hospital.

Police said she was issued a court summons for reckless driving and failing to maintain lane. It hasn't been reported whether she has decided to buy the car.

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