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Police nab boxer driving 230 kilometres per hour
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Police nab boxer driving 230 kilometres per hour

Published: 30 Sep 2011 08:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Sep 2011 08:02 GMT+02:00

Former world boxing champion Arthur Abraham’s driving licence is at risk after he was pulled over by police in Berlin doing 230 kilometres per hour (142 miles per hour) in his Ferrari, a new speed record for the city.

According to the Tagesspiegel newspaper the 31-year-old was first spotted zooming along the city’s A113 motorway in a section where the speed limit is only 80kph Wednesday evening.

But shocked police used a radar gun to clock his car’s speed and after a short chase, they pulled him over. He told them he was on his way to an awards ceremony and running late, according to the newspaper.

Officers let him go but followed him the rest of the way to the ceremony to ensured he stayed within the law.

Abraham now risks a three month driving ban and a fine of €1,360.

This is not the first time he has demonstrated a need for speed, and has been banned from the road in the past.

The Armenian-German boxer was the International Boxing Federation’s world middleweight champion between 2005 and 2009.

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09:38 September 30, 2011 by KOKO
Going at 142 km/h in a municipal area is irresponsible and should lead to a lifelong revocation of the driving licence!
10:08 September 30, 2011 by dcgi
KOKO 142mph (230km/h)
10:23 September 30, 2011 by jimscott
Well done KOKO at spotting the deliberate mistake. You are very quick this morning.
16:20 September 30, 2011 by Heinrich der Zweite
His punches aren't much slower.
01:13 October 2, 2011 by nemo999
It is the residual issue associated with blows to the head (Traumatic Brain Injury), he was having trouble determining his speed.

Does any one find it odd that he was not arrested and escorted to jail for busting the speed limit by such a large amount? Or is that one of the perks with being a ranked fighter.
10:26 October 9, 2011 by nolibs
@nemo999 - No, it's just that German cops are better trained and more reasonable. It's a speeding offense, nothing more.

In the USA, every cop on duty would have been called in. They would pull him over, and scream at him to "get down on the ground" with guns drawn.
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