18 November 2010 - 13:00
'TG tragic' judge lets 155km/h Gallardo off
A judge in Western Australia has dismissed a speeding charge against a mechanic who was allegedly driving a client's Lamborghini Gallardo at 155km/h. The coolest thing? The learned member of the court used TopGear as evidence to dismiss the WA Police's (admittedly rather strong) case.
"I'm a TopGear tragic," magistrate Michael Wheeler told the court. Gadzooks, he even knew that Kristen Scott-Thomas wanted to buy a Murcielago!
Mr Wheeler told police that their "bog-stock Falcon" could not "cut the mustard" with the 2006 Gallardo. Laws vary from state to state, but only Highway Patrol units are able to accurately determine speeds of offending vehicles. The police unit couldn't actually catch the Gallardo, despite accelerating to 160km/h, only stopping him at a set of lights.
Even though the mechanic admitted to doing 130km/h in a 90km/h zone - a trick that would see your car impounded in NSW - Mr Wheeler dismissed the cahrge and awarded him $18,000.
Have you got any similar 'TopGear versus the police' tales?
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You spelt charge wrong by the way.
Oh great some useless judge just told anyone in wa that its ok to drive like a tool as long as you are in an exotic!!
I laughed uncontrollably at this!! I suspect Mr Wheeler was to a degree 'invited' to a drag, and the cops with more lard and less power were clearly going to get done. What sour grapes to jump on him at a set of lights, and surely the sweetest grapes to have it dismissed and THEN awarded $18000!! Someone was so excited writing this story, at the end it looks like 'Mr Wheeler' was the Judge, [dismissed the charge....], whereas the Judge's name is not mentioned anywhere, lol