College Station, Texas (KBTX) – A college station man is heartbroken after his car of immense sentimental value was stolen and then crashed Sunday morning.
Chris Netterville is the owner of the Cadillac CTS-V that has been a celebrity around town. He says police, TxDOT, and even strangers every day recognized the car on the streets, in part because of the license plate that reads “WHO N3XT”. The car was also a tribute to his close friend Brandon Straub, who recently passed away. Netterville says that Stroop had heart problems.
“This is the thing that will tear me inside more than anything else,” said Netterville. “I know he’s just as upset as I am.”
Neuterville says he got out on Sunday morning and his car got out, but he wasn’t too worried at first because he thought it was being towed. It was eventually discovered that it had been stolen and then crashed on Interstate 6 south of Hearn.
DPS says they took the suspect, Curtis Owens Jr., 20, of Hearn, into custody. It is not clear what he will be charged for at this time specifically in connection with the theft and crash of the vehicle. Troops said Owens was imprisoned on Sunday on multiple pending orders related to other alleged crimes.
A DPS spokesperson said the driver of the other vehicle that Owens hit on Interstate 6 has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“He’s a heartbreaking guy,” said Netterville. “I worked for it in high school and saved as much money as I could and bought my dream car, and it’s annoying to see something I’ve worked so hard for is gone in seconds.”
But the car meant so much more to Chris. He says his relationship with his friend Brandon, who owned a body-repair shop called Anything Painted in Brian, is the part he can’t stop going through his head.
“He bought the same car I had, and I had a truck at the time, and we’d go to all the truck clubs and truck shows and stuff,” said Netterville. “Finally I was like, ‘Man, you gotta take me for a test drive in this car. I love him.’ He let me test drive it, and in that second I knew it was my dream car. I knew what I wanted.”
Chris says Brandon told him to always work hard for what you want. He encouraged Chris to save up to buy his dream car six years ago when he was just 19 years old. Search all over Texas to find the Black Diamond Edition he wants.
“He and I became very close by working together on the cars,” said Netterville. “I saved enough money to buy the car. He respected me for that, and I always looked up to him for it. That’s why I wanted to keep this car as a memory of him.”
This is why Cadillacs have more value to Chris than any money can buy.
“I told his family I wanted to keep this car in his memory because we have the same car,” said Netterville, “We both loved the Cadillac man. “And now it’s gone, and now I can’t keep it. It’s more than just a car.”
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