I-Team Investigation: Illegal limo service back in business

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Posted on February 6, 2014 at 12:56 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A local limousine company not licensed to do business in the Bluegrass state is again ripping off unsuspecting customers.

The last time the WHAS11 I-Team introduced viewers and readers to John Ballard, the owner of Affordable Limo, he was behind the wheel and had just been stopped by LMPD for operating a limo in Kentucky without a license.

For a while, Ballard’s company laid low on the Kentucky side of the river, but business continued in Indiana where a chauffer’s license is easier to attain.

Occasionally, a complaint would surface from customers and some even went as far to say he was “going to get somebody killed.”

Photographs that include police, a tow truck and a stranded limo have surfaced that document a wild ride through Bourbon Country.  A driver who identified herself as Johnna Bellard got the limo stuck on Frankfort Road in Versailles.

The people in the limo at the time of the accident said they refused to get back in the car. Mark Day was a passenger and said Bellard had locked them in the limo.

“They controlled the locks from the front and didn’t allow anybody to get out of the vehicle,” he said.

Day demanded a refund, but Ballard has not returned any of his calls or any calls from WHAS11.

Ballard’s business is the poster child of the Kentucky Limousine Association online warning of why people should not use illegal limo service.

To see the complete I-Team investigation, click the player above.

 

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