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Mercedes owner destroys car after allegedly doing burnouts

A revhead who thought he was the luckiest man in the world when he won a $160,000 Mercedes in a raffle has been charged by police, after the luxury car caught fire when he was allegedly performing burnouts.

Jean-Pierre Mouawad said he ‘could not believe it’ when the AMG C63S was dropped off at his home in May 2020 – the lucky winner of a raffle run by car group LMCT Plus.

But the 25-year-old’s luck came to an end on Sunday when he allegedly attempted to perform burnouts for a crowd on Marks Street in Chester Hill, south-west Sydney, as part of a wedding parade.

Onlookers standing by the roadside filmed Mouawad as he allegedly revved the car’s powerful engine, with the petrolheads expecting smoke from the tyres to suffocate the street.

Instead, the car coughed and spluttered for several seconds, before catching on fire.

While Mouawad and two friends who were in the vehicle with him all escaped injury, he has now been charged by NSW Police with both dangerous and negligent driving.

Jean-Pierre Mouawad (left) said he 'could not believe it' when the AMG C63S was dropped off at his home in May 2020 after winning a raffle. NSW Police now allege he destroyed that same car by setting it on fire while doing burnouts on a suburban street over the weekend

Jean-Pierre Mouawad (left) said he 'could not believe it' when the AMG C63S was dropped off at his home in May 2020 after winning a raffle. NSW Police now allege he destroyed that same car by setting it on fire while doing burnouts on a suburban street over the weekend

Jean-Pierre Mouawad (left) said he ‘could not believe it’ when the AMG C63S was dropped off at his home in May 2020 after winning a raffle. NSW Police now allege he destroyed that same car by setting it on fire while doing burnouts on a suburban street over the weekend

Prior to his car catching on fire, Mouawad had advertised it for sale for $150,000 and it is understood he will argue in court the blaze was caused by a mechanical fault. 

Footage from both inside and outside the car captured the moment things began to go wrong for Mouawad on Sunday.

As the driver allegedly began to rev the car, it failed to respond as he expected. 

A passenger in the car could be heard to say ‘something’s wrong’, before Mouawad’s friend encourages him to ‘turn it off’.

With smoke billowing from the exhaust, the driver allegedly continued to push his car before it caught alight.

‘Get out, get out, get out!’ onlookers screamed as flames roared from the car.

A bystander could be heard asking neighbours for a garden hose before emergency crews arrived.

The car was completely destroyed in the fire, with pictures showing the once lavish interior melted by the heat of the blaze.

The final moments of the car were a far cry from the day Mouawad struggled to wipe the smile off his face when it was delivered to his home last May.

With his six brothers and sisters watching on, he told the LMCT Plus employees who handed him the keys that it wanted to ‘hang onto it’.

‘I just want to enjoy it, drive it, hang onto it,’ Mouawad said. 

The 25-year-old could barely wipe the smile off his face as he took the car for its first spin last May

The 25-year-old could barely wipe the smile off his face as he took the car for its first spin last May

The 25-year-old could barely wipe the smile off his face as he took the car for its first spin last May

The 25-year-old could barely wipe the smile off his face as he took the car for its first spin last May

The 25-year-old could barely wipe the smile off his face as he took the car for its first spin last May

The 25-year-old could barely wipe the smile off his face as he took the car for its first spin last May

‘I threw $150 in and I thought, there goes $150… I never thought this would happen, but here we are and its paid off I guess.’ 

LMCT Plus founder Adrian Portelli said he had spoken to Mouawad since the incident and he was left ’embarrassed’.

‘He’s doing alright, he’s in high spirits, I think he’s just a bit embarrassed,’ Mr Portelli said.

In a statement, NSW Police said they had initially been told Mouawad’s caught fire as it was ‘being driven down the road’.

‘Following further inquiries – which included sourcing video footage of an alleged attempted burnout – the 25-year-old owner/driver was yesterday issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for drive manner dangerous, and negligent driving,’ the statement read 

Mouawad is due to appear in Bankstown Local Court on March 11, 2021.

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