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Speeding Swede made to pay massive Swiss fine

Speeding Swede made to pay massive Swiss fine

Published: 06 Oct 2011 07:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Oct 2011 07:24 GMT+02:00

A Swede who was fined 27,000 Swiss francs ($30,000) after being clocked driving his luxury Mercedes at 290 km/h in Switzerland last year has lost his appeal to have the fine reduced.

In August 2010, the 37-year-old Swede revved the engine of his $240,000 Mercedes-Benz to 290 km/h on the A12 motorway, a new record speed at the time. 

The man was arrested and his luxury vehicle was impounded.

The Swede appealed the fine, however, claiming his speedometer had become stuck and he didn't realise he was driving so fast.

His defence was also complicated by the emergence of a Facebook video clip showing his speedometer maxed out at 260 km/h. Sounds of a small child can also be heard in the clip, which the Swede claims was filmed in Germany.

On Tuesday, a Swiss court rejected the man's appeal and upped his fine from the equivalent of 180 days pay to 300 days pay, bringing the total fine to 45,000 francs, the Swiss newspaper Blick reported.

Driving more than 25 kilometres an hour over the 120-kilometre speed limit on motorways in Switzerland is regarded as a criminal offence, and fines are based on a driver's income.

However, half of the fine was then suspended by the court, and after deducting court costs and a 20,000 franc deposit already paid by the Swede, he ended up owing just over 200 francs.

On Tuesday, the Swede failed to turn up at his appeal hearing. According to his attorney, the 37-year-old had suffered an asthma attack and was unable to attend.

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09:27 October 6, 2011 by senlac
if he was nicked in Switzerland how can he not be guilty?
09:54 October 6, 2011 by Abe L
He obviously won't be paying this fine and simply not set foot again in Switzerland. He's one of many in that situation, they really ought to fix those laws. Either adopt higher speed limits but at all cost make speeding not a criminal offense!
10:39 October 6, 2011 by jacquelinee
It looks good on him! Any idiot putting other motorists at risk (not to mention his own stupid self) by driving at such a ridiculously high speed should have his license revoked, permanently, period! Sounds like another one of those rich guys who thinks they are above the law because they have money. A coomon perception by the wealthy and, sadly, often true. But not in this case.HAHA

Why do car manufacturers even make cars with the capabilities to drive at such ridiclous speeds that are illegal unless they are race cars, made specifically for that sport?

I hope he is forced to fork over the money. He is lucky to just be fined and not dead or responsible for the deaths of other innocent motorists.
12:07 October 6, 2011 by Hauser
Just to complete the story: Swiss newspapers say the guy is a native Roma. He claimed that he can't pay the fine since he lives from the Swedish invalidity-insurance. Living on State support and driving a $240,000 Mercedes-Benz ?Swedish authorities should have a closer look at this guy.
13:28 October 6, 2011 by Abe L
@jacquelinee,

Most cars are limited at 250km/h. However, as Germany has roads without speed limits it would make no sense to implement any lower speed limits.

And I sincerely hope we'll get to driving those speeds in the rest of the world as well soon. Worst case through technical evolution, best case through governments building proper highways.

The absurdly low speed limits in Sweden are really unjustified with the high quality roads and cars they have there. They could easily allow 140-160 km/h outside the cities and winter season.
22:36 October 6, 2011 by bjorkon
Limit in the UK is about to be upped from 70 to 80 mph.
16:16 October 7, 2011 by jbkulp
He was lucky he wasn't caught in Finland.
16:42 October 9, 2011 by jostein
Blick magazine released a video of the incident:

http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/bern/schweden-raser-laesst-sich-filmen-183348
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