Record-Setting Swedish Speeder May Get Record-Setting Swiss Fine

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
August 13, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Japan president Nicholas Speeks introduces the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG at a hotel in Tokyo on June 10, 2010. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Image)
Mercedes-Benz Japan president Nicholas Speeks introduces the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG at a hotel in Tokyo on June 10, 2010. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Image)
A Swedish driver ticketed for driving at 290 km/h (180 mph) though Switzerland set a Swiss record for the fastest speeding ticket ever. And he may also set a Swiss record for being penalized with the biggest fine.

According to Swiss prosecutors, the driver could be fined one million U.S. dollars for his high-speed escapade.

Switzerland determines the size of the fine based on the wealth of the offender

The 37-year-old Swede was driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG when caught by a traffic enforcement camera on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne.

Police spokesperson Benoit Dumas told BBC that "nothing can justify a speed of 290km/h.”

The speed limit in the area was 75 mph (120 km/h.)

The driver’s Mercedes, worth approximately $225,000, has been confiscated by the police.

The previous record was US$290,000 for a Swiss millionaire caught driving a Ferrari at 85 mph through the middle of a village.