Swedish Driver, Eluding Radar, Faces Up to $962K Ticket for Driving 180 MPH
Coasting down the road in his black, 570-horsepower Mercedes-Benz, the Swedish driver needed almost a half mile of road to slow his car to a full stop. Having possibly set the Swiss record for most flagrant speeding offense, the man faces a fine of up to a million Swiss francs, or $962,000. Swiss speeding fines are based on the severity of the offense and the offender's income level; MSNBC notes that a millionaire who plowed through a sleepy Swiss village at 60 mph in January received a $290,000 penalty.
Even more amazingly, our reckless driver was going so fast, standard police radars were unable to clock his clip, and couldn't register his 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride'-like jaunt. A high-speed traffic camera, though, finally captured his car en route. The real question here is what prompted the driver to so seriously flout the speed limit. A wife in labor? Fleeing the Swiss Mafia? Not really: "I think the speedo on the car, which is new, is faulty," he told police. [From: MSNBC]