A British man was forced to take a taxi home after losing his driver’s license and a James Bond-inspired luxury car was taken away after driving at 157mph in France’s Champagne region.
The man, who has not been identified, was stopped by French police on Monday after being flashed in his Aston Martin at 130km/h over the limit on the A26 motorway near Châlons-en-Champagne.
The Marne Road Safety Departmental Squadron (EDSR51) was stationed on the motorway – nicknamed the ‘Autoroute Des Anglais’ or ‘Autoroute of the English’ – when they blitzed the British driver on his way from Troyes in his Austin Martin.
The driver was stopped and his license was immediately confiscated, as is the case in France when drivers are detected exceeding 40 km/h.
While this confiscation was originally for a 72-hour period, the prefect issued an injunction banning the Briton from driving on French territory, as well as the complete suspension of his driving licence.
Captain Stéphane Mougin, deputy commander of the EDSR51, told local broadcaster France 3 Champagne-Ardenne the driver was “in a great hurry to go home” and was forced to take a taxi all the way back to the UK.
He was handed a hefty delivery worth a few hundred euros, although the full amount was not disclosed. This is a guarantee that the suspect will attend a trial before the French court of Châlons.
His luxury Aston Martin, meanwhile, is being held in an improved impound facility for seven days to allow prosecutors to impound the vehicle while the driver awaits trial.
After the trial, the fast car could be the subject of a so-called “sale on the estate.”
The luxury car could either be integrated into the fleet of a needy French administration (including the French gendarmerie) or auctioned off for the benefit of the state.
This option remains fairly unlikely as no accidents occurred in this case, but the driver will likely face a €3,000 (£2,568) fine.
This comes a day after an Irish tourist was flashed on the A26 at 217mph in the Aube department.
Her driver’s license was confiscated, but her passenger was able to drive the vehicle away.
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