Belfast Telegraph

Briton 'caught driving at 160mph'

A British man has reportedly been stopped for speeding on a French motorway after doing at least 160mph.

French transport police told the Daily Mail's website that the UK-registered Audi R8 was travelling so fast that their speed gun went off the scale and stopped working.

It took police four miles to catch up with the driver after he raced past them on the A28 motorway in Normandy, northern France, on Monday.

The Daily Mail said the driver was identified only as a businessman from London in a company car. French police have refused to name him.

The vehicle was impounded on orders from the prosecutor at Evreux and the driver's licence was confiscated. He was immediately banned from driving on all French roads.

He has also been summoned to appear in court where he faces a fine of up to £1,300.

A traffic police spokesman told the Mail website: "This is the fastest speed we have ever recorded on the entire Normandy motorway network that we patrol.

'In fact, we couldn't get the exact speed because the radar stopped working."

The man was one of seven UK drivers clocked at more than 120mph on the same stretch of road over the weekend, amid police claims that British motorists treat French roads like a racetrack.

Many Britons were in France attending the Le Mans 24-hour race although it is not known if the 160mph offender was among them. and France)


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