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Swedish speedster stopped after 'testing engine' at nearly 200 km/h

The Local · 22 Oct 2010, 15:38

Published: 22 Oct 2010 15:38 GMT+02:00

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He told police he simply wanted to test his newly tuned engine.

The man was driving on the E4 motorway in Ljungby in southern Sweden when he sped past an unmarked police car, the local Smålandsposten newspaper reports.

The officer gave chase and during the pursuit estimated that the driver covered a 1.1 kilometre stretch of highway in a mere 19.8 seconds, corresponding to a speed of 193 km/h, nearly twice the posted limit of 100 km/h.

When the cop finally managed to stop the Swedish speed demon at the next exit, the driver confessed immediately to having broken the speed limit by a wide margin.

“I’ve had the car in for servicing and wanted to check that everything was okay, even at high speeds,” the man told the officer, according to the police report filed on the incident, which took place back in August.

But the police officer was apparently in a charitable mood and accepted the man’s explanation, letting him off with a 4,000 kronor ($600) speeding fine.

“Normally, a driver’s licence is revoked on the spot if the posted speed limit is violated by at least 30 km/h,” Eva Saxlund of the Kronoberg County police told the newspaper.

The officer had noted in his report, however, that no incidents or accidents occurred during the time he was in pursuit of the vehicle.

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According to the prosecutor, the fact that the man didn't pose a threat to anyone else on the road was sufficient enough to prove that the man’s driving wasn’t in fact reckless.

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14:26 October 22, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
What a gloabl breaking news.
15:06 October 22, 2010 by Tammybonny
hahaha good comment................lol
15:36 October 22, 2010 by Syftfel
One can only assume then, that the 26-year old is somehow "connected" to the political elite. No doubt a phone call was made with an implied threat like "I understand your daughter wants to go to medical school" or some such poorly concealed message, and pooff, problem solved. It is amazing that we're not all equal before the law.
15:55 October 22, 2010 by StockholmSam
This is unacceptable. Even if nobody had been around to endanger, the driver had no way of determining this beforehand. Plus, who is to say the driver will not pull this stunt again in a more crowded area or after a couple of glasses of wine. He showed lack of judgment while sober, imagine his judgment when compromised.
16:01 October 22, 2010 by facetedjewel
The police are both out gunned and out tuned. (My car only goes 160).
16:56 October 22, 2010 by rybo1
What a crock of Sh&#! My son lost his license For eight months for doing 140 KPH, along with other motorists that were stopped, on the way to Göteborg. He was keeping in the flow of traffic. My son wasn't testing the engine. I guess everyone is not equal under the law.
17:26 October 22, 2010 by Swedesmith
The officer should have allowed the speedster to test the accomidations at the jail.
17:51 October 22, 2010 by spo10
Well, the police gave the guy a break. He, apparently had a good argument.
18:36 October 22, 2010 by Sam1
Haha...there should create roads for speeders, and not have them speeding and using full combustion on normal roads
18:54 October 22, 2010 by swedepotato
Come on, let's not make such a fuss. On some German highways drivers are allowed to reach 200 km/h or more. Even so, the E4 at Ljungby is not very wide so I suppose a car driving 193 km/h here poses some danger, and the fine was justified.

"The officer had noted in his report, however, that no incidents or accidents occurred during the time he was in pursuit of the vehicle" - so the police think a driver's behaviour can only be labeled 'reckless' if a car crashes? That sounds a bit naive :-)
19:02 October 22, 2010 by petervonb
I'm not sure how the prosecutor and police officer arrived at the conclusion the driver posed no threat to others (maybe there was no one else on the road) but if that was indeed the case, then their action is fine. The poor fellow who was ticketed along with a bunch of others on the way to Goteborg was the victim of police mentality, which usually has little to do with reality, while the officer in the recent episode is a realist. I remember the last time I drove on the Autobahn, the only place there was congestion and accidents was around the US and other bases where speed limits had been put in place at the apparent insistence of US Army officials who just couldn't wrap their heads around the idea of no speed limit.

In any case, real driver training and intelligent legislation are the keys to safe highways.
19:36 October 22, 2010 by Xatrix
LOL Truly an awesome display of total disregard for the law and a total regard for the well-being of his "newly tuned" machine!
20:20 October 22, 2010 by Mb 65
Well we all know what to say if we get caught breaking the speed limit by 5kph. I was just testing the car after pumping up the tyre's. or is it one rule for him and one for us. The policeman should be suspended.
21:21 October 22, 2010 by Yuretz
Hey Speedster - Welcome to Russia! We haven't excelent roads but we have a corruptions in road police. In your case you would pay appx only 100-200USD in cash! :-) and check your engine upgrade hereinafter!
22:11 October 22, 2010 by hjoian
theres a nice stretch of road running down the side of lake vattern, smooth curves become interesting bends at 280kph, but of course,for safety reasons one has to check the tension of the rear chain drive under peak conditions to avoid nasty accidents......
23:03 October 22, 2010 by blursd
Revoked on the spot for going 30 km/h over the posted speed limit ... There would be a lot of drivers here in California that would be in trouble.
00:13 October 23, 2010 by GLO
Lucky Dude.....
08:59 October 23, 2010 by jamtlandtom
Yes he may be a naughty boy but how refreshing that in this anally retentive world that a bit of common sense

was used. The speed merchant may be more likely to conform with this sort of treatment than if"the book" had been thrown at him.
11:13 October 23, 2010 by Decedo
I wonder if this 'new' excuse will work if an immigrant tries it. :P
18:50 October 23, 2010 by Swedesmith
I just knew that comment would come out sooner or later...
23:47 October 23, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
Revoking someone's driver's license for driving 30 km/h over the limit is quite strict. In many countries, they don't even stop you unless you're driving at least 16 km/h (10 m/h) over the limit.
00:37 October 24, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
If the driver covered a 1.1 a kilometer stretch in 19.8 seconds then the driver was traveling at EXACTLY 200 km/hr.

(3600 sec/hr / 19.8 sec)*1.1 km = 200 km/hr

"corresponding to a speed of 193 km/h, nearly twice the posted limit of 100 km/h."

No. Exatly twice the posted limit of 100 km/h.
03:33 October 24, 2010 by darthur954
What make and model?
15:11 October 24, 2010 by Markus D
I am not happy with the inconsistency of the police patrol cars when it comes to speeding. Many would agree with this.

I was late for catching a plane from Copenhagen, and on an empty E6 motorway at 3.30 in the morning, I was stopped by police sitting on top of the bridge at Varberg doing 170kmh. Lost my licence for 6 months and big fine, i tried everything. Got own business and need my licence, no traffic and totally safe, yet accepting i was wrong to speed.

But got absolutely nowhere with the socialists at Länstyrelssen, it was like talking to a brick wall.

I think this is a result of the many years of ultra-socialism here, an attitude by those in power, that they can apply the law as they wish.

Hardly fair and certainly not really what one expects in a country that prides itself on how democratically fair it is.
07:02 October 25, 2010 by mombassa
I can't believe this is news in a European country. In Germany grandmothers drive 200km/h.

He was driving on a limited access road, not in a school zone.
07:15 October 25, 2010 by Sandy106
Anyone know what kind of car it was?
12:08 October 25, 2010 by IWP
All nonsense, but I go with Jamtlandtom.........a Swede cop with an open mind!!!! Unbelievable. God knows where it might end.
15:16 October 25, 2010 by unforgiven
Laws are there to break them!
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