Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lamborghini "hoon" acquitted

A Perth mechanic admits to driving a client's Lamborghini at 130km/h in a 90km/h zone and is still acquitted of speeding:
Magistrate Michael Wheeler admitted to being a Top Gear (UK motoring show) tragic and knowing all about the vehicle he described as a super car.

Mr Wheeler said it was named the Top Gear dream car of the year in 2006 and host Jeremy Clarkson “went out and bought one”.

“This particular model was used by the Italian police on the country’s autostrada’s (freeway system),” he said.

"With no disrespect to the Ford Falcon (the police were driving), it could not cut the mustard with the Lamborghini," he said.

Mr Wheeler said he did not have a problem with the officers' honesty or integrity but there where issues with their accuracy.

He said the police pursuit vehicle was simply too far behind to accurately measure how fast the Lamborghini was travelling.

“The officers proceeded gallantly and fruitlessly in pursuit. They were simply too far back to do a valid speed check and never got up to a constant velocity," he said.
Thus the magistrate did not accept that the Lamborghini was clocked at 160km/h. The accused was awarded $18,000 in costs.

The owner of the car – confiscated under anti-hoon laws for 28 days – is contemplating what to do next.


Anonymous Steve at the Pub said...

Watching Top Gear makes one an expert on sports cars? Hmmm...

"The cops went flat out and still couldn't catch up with him"
This is a new approach to assuming a fugitive is under the speed limit.

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Yobbo said...

Yeah, "assumption" isn't good enough when you are talking about a criminal prosecution. Which is why the case was thrown out.

3:35 AM  

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