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Caravan-crazy Swedish pensioner convicted after high speed chase

A 70-year-old Swedish man has been fined after being caught driving 170 kilometres/hour and overtaking several police cars in a desperate attempt to reach a caravan shop before it closed.

Caravan-crazy Swedish pensioner convicted after high speed chase

The man, who didn’t hold a valid driving licence at the time, was clocked at speeds approaching double the 90 kilometres/hour limit in October while travelling south on road 41 near Borås in western Sweden.

By the time he was apprehended he had managed to fly past a minibus full of off-duty police officers as well as another police car which had made an unsuccessful attempt to pass the speeding Swede in order to set up a road block.

After having overtaken several cars into incoming traffic and around blind corners, a further police car managed to finally stop the man and put an end to his joy ride.

Police at this point noted that the 70-year-old man’s driving licence had been revoked on account of his poor health.

The man has now been convicted of aggravated reckless driving and driving without a licence and fined the equivalent of 100 days pay.

During his trial at Borås district court, the pensioner explained his moment of madness in that he was desperate to get to the caravan showroom in Fritsla before it closed for the day.

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IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden

Severe thunderstorms and heavy winds on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning have delayed trains and disrupted road traffic across southern Sweden, according to the Swedish Transport Administration.

IN PICTURES: Thunderstorms hit trains and roads in southern Sweden
A lightning bolt spreads out over the sea at the Scaniabadet swimming area in Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
“There was a huge amount of lightening over night and this morning, and that knocked out the power systems,” Katarina Wolfram, a press spokesperson for the Agency told the DN newspaper. “On several stretches, barriers are down at level crossings even though there is no train coming.” 
 
Lightning strikes near the Turning Torso in Malmö's Western Harbour district. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
 
The routes between Hässleholm and Kalmar, Karlskrona and Kalmar, and Värnamo and Alvesta have all been affected.
 
Wolfram said it had been difficult to carry out repairs in the morning as there was still a risk of lightning strikes. 
 
“Lightning and working on electrical faults are not the best combination, so we are not sending out personnel to areas where there are still thunderstorms,” she said. 
 
The administration expects normal traffic to resume after midday. 
 
According to Sweden's state weather forecaster, parts of northern Skåne received as much as 24mm of rainfall on Tuesday night, while a photographer for the TT newswire took spectacular photos of forked lightning in the skies of Malmö.
 
The storm front is now moving north towards Östergötland in central Sweden. 
 
Lightning in the skies above Malmö on Tuesday night. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
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