Imagine taking your car to the shop for repairs and then being told it was crashed and is now totalled.
Several people face charges in connection with that vehicle and the alleged cover up of an accident. Betty Sexton has been investigating and reporting on the car shop reportedly involved in this case for months.
She spoke with a Colorado Springs woman, who says Springs Transmissions and Automotive took advantage of her trust.
“I'm thinking I'm mad and I want to say some really bad words cause I loved my Suburban," Crystal Riese said.
Her 2000 white and pewter Chevy Suburban was her baby that she used to transport her kids everywhere. She says she never dreamed it would wind up like this.
Crystal said she took it to Springs Transmissions and Automotive three times for $2,700 worth of repairs. Crystal said she gave owner, Greg Ehnes permission to drive her Suburban to pick up parts for it, but never thought they'd be driving it after hours.
Betty asks, "What time did the accident happen?" Crystal replies, "9:30 at night."
Crystal said it's bad enough two mechanics allegedly totalled it.
Police say 23-year-old Jason White was behind the wheel, while 38-year-old Donald McKnight was along for the ride. But the pair is also accused of going to Fountain Police and concocting a story to cover up the accident, claiming they were robbed at gunpoint and it's the bad guys who wrecked it.
"Greg Ehnes called and said my truck was robbed at gunpoint from his mechanic," Crystal told 11 News.
Sources told Betty, an eyewitness saw the men in the car driving upwards of 90 miles an hour before crashing it on I-25 in Fountain.
Their boss, shop owner Greg Ehnes, is also charged. Police tell Betty, they learned he regularly let workers drive home customer cars, but tried to cover that up by helping the men cook up this story.
Now, all three men face misdemeanors of conspiracy and false reporting to authorities. White's girlfriend also faces false reporting for allegedly lying to investigators.
Betty paid a visit to Ehnes Tuesday at his shop near Platte and Chelton. He told her the men who wrecked the Suburban no longer work for him and they lied to him about what happened. He said he never was in on the cover up.
“I told authorities what I knew," said Ehnes.
Betty asked, “So you never lied to authorities? Greg responds, "I may have not been told the truth." Betty then asks, "So may may not have been told the truth by your employees so you inadvertently lied to police?" Greg says,, “I don't know, I don't know."
Ehnes also said he doesn't understand the charges against him and has hired an attorney to represent him. He said he's stressed out from last week's visit by Colorado Springs police, who served a search warrant, alleging he had ripped off anywhere from 22 to 50 customers.
Ehnes said he's exploring his options and may shut down the shop, sell it or even move it to another city.
He and the others will be in court on December 12th. We'll be there and let you know what happens.
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