Italian police have arrested a 37-year-old man for driving in a rented mascara levante in Rome’s iconic Trinita de Monti staircase, also known as the Spanish Steps.
CCTV footage shows a black Levante driving down the stairs at dawn. Apparently, Maserati’s driver didn’t really think through the bizarre stunt because the SUV’s license plates were on full display and local authorities were able to quickly find it at a Milan-based rental car company.
Writing on Facebook, Polizia Roma Capital said they were able to identify the driver of the SUV to help the rental car company. He was arrested while trying to return the car to Milan Malpensa Airport.
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Sky News Reports that the month caused cracks in the 16th and 29th steps of the right-hand ladder and that pedestrians had to make temporary adjustments to continue using them. Rome’s heritage protection agency says some of the pieces have been reattached to the stairs but added that more needs to be done to restore them properly.
“Extensive chipping, scratches, abrasions, and deposits on both second-tier ramps, responsible for the same incident” were discovered after the incident.
The motive behind the bizarre stunt remains unclear.
Spanish steps run from Trinita de Monte Church to the base Piazza de Spagna at the top. They were built between 1723 and 1725 and have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.