Perata Gets New Wheels

State Senate boss Don Perata has turned in his gangsta car — a red Dodge Charger with 22-inch rims — for a Chevy Impala, the Sacramento Bee reports today. The Oakland Democrat was carjacked at gunpoint December 29 in Oakland’s Temescal District. The unidentified thieves sped off with the senate pro tem’s Charger, before abandoning it later that night in Richmond. Even though the car — and rims — was found unharmed, Perata decided to change to the understated Impala, an equally gas-guzzling vehicle commonly used by law enforcement. “I want a car like the cops drive,” the Bee quoted him as saying.

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