Boastful Ferrari speedster nabbed

2012-03-10 19:18

Tokyo - A boastful Ferrari driver who put film on the internet of his supercar doing three times the speed limit in Japan was facing possible jail on Saturday, after disapproving YouTube viewers called police.

The 50-year-old doctor uploaded a six-minute video showing him driving his Ferrari 458 Italia through Fukuoka, in southern Japan, at 84km/h over the limit, police said.

Speed limits tend to be fairly low in Japan, with 40km/h not uncommon on urban roads.

The man was only averaging 124km/h in a car with an official top speed of more than 325km/h, but local media quoted him telling police: "I wanted people to understand the beauty of a Ferrari. I wanted to feel proud."

Reports said outraged YouTube users called police to report the offence, adding officers calculated the speed by analysing the distance covered by the vehicle.

Officers identified the car and driver from the footage and a police spokesperson told AFP the doctor, whose name was withheld, could be jailed for up to six months or fined a maximum 100 000 yen ($1 220) if convicted.

The film, titled Ferrari 458 Italia Drive in Japan 2011, could still be seen on YouTube on Saturday, and is shot from behind the driver in the $220 000 car.

It shows the vehicle pass other cars on a two-lane motorway but struggle to catch up with what appears to be a Porsche.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-10 22:05

    Stipud Doctor

      Viman Singh - 2012-03-11 01:15

      Mzwandile, your cousin who is a taxi driver drives at 160km/h on 60km/h zones with passengers and you have nerve to say the docter is stupid....shame on you

      Michael White - 2012-03-11 10:16

      WOW the race card got played early this time!! Nice assumptions there bud, obviously everyone called Mzwandile must be black, then every black person has a law breaking taxi driving cousin and so on and so on till someone has a tender awarded to them. I see your thought pattern in it, really higher grade stuff. Yay to you and your uncanny character profiling abilities!! You ever considered taking on some detective work?

      arne.verhoef - 2012-03-11 14:07

      And how racist is your surname then, dude? White?! The audacity!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-03-11 14:42

      Also, I love how Mzwandile can't even spell stupid

      Michael White - 2012-03-11 15:04

      Oh boy there you go with those amazing skills again, truely you are blessed. White hmmmm now that's the opposite of black, black hmmmm black people, hmmmm white people and black people, hmmmm how can I link these two words into some more racist dribble? Seriously you are like SA's own Horatio Cane. Maybe, just maybe I'm actually not a racist? Despite having a surname that to someone like you would be like a free pass to being a racist? Not everyone is a racist and maybe its time you realise that and grow up, or move to Eastern Europe and do us all a favour.

  • Michael White - 2012-03-10 23:03

    124km/h? Ferrari? Surely he could just say he sneezed and accidentally tapped the accelerator?

      The-o - 2012-03-11 03:16

      surely it does not make sense to own a fast car in japan with low speed limit laws... Unless it is used as display items.

      Michael White - 2012-03-11 10:07

      Its insane, they should then arrest all supercar owners or potential buyers in Japan for intent to break the law if this is the case, otherwise I'd assume allowing him to buy something that they know full well will be used to exceed speed limits just about qualifies as entrapment by the authorities. What about the Skyline hitting 315km/h through a tunnel in Japan a few yrs back? They find him yet?

  • Matthew Wright - 2012-03-11 10:48

    Best part is the last paragraph, that a Porsche was pulling away. But they didnt catch him....

  • Jason - 2012-06-18 08:24

    must have been important

  • skootzie - 2012-06-18 15:09

    124 km/ph? ... joh, that oke was gunning it .. heish wena - these reckless drivers!

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