Toilet, crying girl create need for speed

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A man desperate to get to a toilet and another with a crying 10-year-old girl in his car were arrested for speeding on the East Rand on Sunday, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

“For travelling at that breakneck speed, the M3 driver advanced the reason that he was rushing was to attend to the 'call of nature',” Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said in a statement.

The 21-year-old was caught going 202km/h in a 120km/h zone in his BMW M3 on the R59 near Alberton.

Police chased him from the highway until the Vaal area after he ignored instructions to stop.

“Ekurhuleni bike squad had to hit speeds of between 280 and 290km/h to apprehend the speedster,” said Kgasago.

A VW Polo driver who said his 10-year-old daughter's crying prompted him to “press hard on the pedal” was arrested for zipping along at 175km/h on the same road.

Two other drivers, who registered speeds of between 198km/h and 182km/h, said they were going to a family meeting and late for an appointment, for speeding, said Kgasago.

The 21-year-old BMW driver was denied bail and would appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The other three were charged with reckless or negligent driving and released on bail of between R500 and R1000. - Sapa

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