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Facebook video puts brakes on Swedish speedster's Swiss appeal

Facebook video puts brakes on Swedish speedster's Swiss appeal

Published: 03 Oct 2011 15:36 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Oct 2011 15:36 GMT+02:00

A Swedish driver caught speeding in Switzerland last year is due to appear in court this week to appeal his hefty fine, despite posting an incriminating video of his 260 km/h ‘travel adventures’ on Facebook.

In August 2010, the 37-year-old Swede revved the engine of his Mercedes-Benz to 290 km/h on the A12 motorway, a new record speed at the time.

The driver was stopped by police between Flamatt and Guin. He was arrested, had his licence taken away, and was handed a 27,000 franc ($30,000) fine.

This Tuesday, more than a year later, he is due to appear in court to appeal the fine. The Swede claims not to have realized he was driving so fast due to the speedometer becoming stuck.

However, it later turned out that the Swedish speedster posted a video on his Facebook account in which he can be seen driving at 260 km/h, which is the maximum speed shown on the speedometer of his car.

The caption claims the journey was undertaken in Germany, and is captioned: “Drive in Berlin.”

However,deputy prosecutor Markus Julmy in the Swiss city of Freiburg, contacted by newspaper Le Matin Dimanche, said he considers the video “serious enough to become of interest for Swiss courts”.

Julmy has ordered cantonal police to make further investigations into the incident.

In the video, recorded by the Swedish man's partner, a child's voice was audible from the back seat.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:48 October 3, 2011 by Abe L
It's unclear whether he has to appear in Swedish or Swiss court?

Eitherway, it's a silly to drive like that in a country which is renown for it's abnormal hard breakdown on speeding while German has plenty of Autobahn close to Switzerland without any speed limits.
17:00 October 3, 2011 by StockholmSam
Idiots like this should lose their licenses permanently.
18:57 October 3, 2011 by senlac
what an utter prat!
20:21 October 3, 2011 by johan rebel
Surely it is not illegal to rev the engine of your car to 260 k.p.h.?

As long as the vehicle itself does not exceed the speedlimiit, no crime has been committed.
01:11 October 4, 2011 by rumcajs
"not to have realized he was driving so fast due to the speedometer becoming stuck. " ........... hahaha, say that to a Spanish cop (guarda civil) hahahahaa!!!!

I'm not gonna say I know the speed without looking at the speedometer aaaallll the time and yeah I've gone over the limit without knowing it, but 10, 20 .... even 30 km/h over the limit ... but the speed limit in Switzerland is 120!!!! he was going over 100 km/h above the limit and didn't know it??? You don't need a speedometer to feel 100 km/h and if you do,... then you ain't fit to drive anything!!!
06:59 October 4, 2011 by Uggla
What he did was stupid, but doesn't aanyone see how wrong it is that you have no privacy on facebook. Big brother is watching you all!
08:29 October 4, 2011 by jostein
Information about former citizenship would have been helpfull. Thelocal has a deceitful use of the word swede.
16:55 October 4, 2011 by Renfeh Hguh
I have posted a photo on Facebook of my GPS showing a top speed of 284kmh that I achieved in my old car.

Should I be hauled before the courts because of it and lose my licence?
18:15 October 4, 2011 by jostein
#8 CunningLinguist

Im just noting a trend here. Like for example the puppy torture the other day. TheLocal seems to have a fetish for using the word "swede" as deceitfully as possible.

In this case i know name and nationality since i read it in another article awhile back.
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