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Drunk Swede rode 130 km/h above speed limit

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10:46 CEST+02:00
A Swedish motorcycle rider stopped by Finnish police doing 233 kilometres/hour on the motorway has been held on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and for seriously endangering the safety of road users.

"Furthermore he had no driving licence and his vehicle was not registered," Seppo Leinonen told the Expressen daily.

The speeding Swede was caught when police in Uleåborg in northern finland spotted two motorbikes travelling way above the speed limit. When officers made attempts to stop the racing bikers they accelerated, reaching top speeds of 233 km/h - 133 km/h above the speed limit, the newspaper reported.

Finnish police finally managed to stop one of the bikers in Laanila and discovered that he was a 30-year-old Swedish male who appeared to be drunk. The man has now been held on suspicion of driving under the influence and of seriously endangering the safety of road users.

The man's motorbike was also found to be incorrectly registered in Sweden and is thus not permitted for carriage. Furthermore the 30-year-old Swede holds no valid driving licence.

The Local reported on August 9th that a further Swede faces a massive fine after he was caught doing 290 km/hour on a Swiss motorway in his $240,000 sports car.

Finland operates a similar system to the Swiss in basing speeding fines on an individual's salary, although there were no details available as to the 30-year-old Swede's income status.

In 2001, Anssi Vanjoki, a senior director at Finnish telecom giant Nokia, was caught doing 75 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on his Harley Davidson in Helsinki. In accordance with the regulations, Vanjoki was fined 14 days income - equating to 116,000 euros (then $103,600), in what was believed to be the world's largest speeding fine at the time.

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