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Mechanic Cited For Speeding in Customer's Car

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RALEIGH (AP) — May 3, 1996 - 10:16 a.m. EDT

A routine checkup for a 1995 Porsche 911 convertible turned into a high-speed joyride for which a mechanic was charged with speeding.

Nancy White, an attorney, dropped the car off at a garage Wednesday morning for an oil change and a checkup. The bill for the service was $152.99 when she picked it up at 5:30 p.m.

But White didn't know all of the story. She says she got more than she bargained for.

Listen toaufile. hadwondered why the oil change took all day - until a state trooper came to her house. Trooper C.P. Genaudeau told the attorney that Johnny Elliason, 22, had been charged with speeding 89 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Raleigh Beltline, which encircles the city.

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The mechanic also was charged with reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding to elude arrest and failing to stop for the trooper's blue lights and siren.

White called the garage owner, who offered to tear up her check. Irate, she demanded the mechanic be fired. But garage owner Jimmy Elliason balked.

``It's kind of hard to fire your brother, you know,'' Elliason said Thursday.

White says this incident could have been much worse.

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