Rome’s Spanish Steps Damaged by Indicted Saudi Maserati Driver – New York Daily News

That’s not what the Romans do.

A man from Saudi Arabia drove his rental Maserati up the famous Spanish Steps in Rome and was charged with a felony, CNN reported.

Several of the 300-year-old steps were damaged by the 37-year-old’s disastrous driving on Tuesday night, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The unidentified man claimed he simply took a “wrong turn” and ended up on the stairs, Italian media reported. Surveillance video captured the luxury car stopped halfway down the stairs.

Police found the man through the rented vehicle, according to CNN. He was arrested at Milan airport on Friday as he was returning the car.

The man was charged with aggravated damage to cultural heritage and monuments.

The Spanish Steps are used daily by tourists and Romans, but they are not intended for cars. A few years ago, a major restoration project was completed on the staircase, which takes its name from a Spanish embassy at the top.

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