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A reckless hoon has blamed the ‘different settings’ in his ‘tuned’ car for why he was caught speeding at 243 km/h down a freeway.
Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, 30, was caught on a police speed camera driving 143km/h over the legal limit on the Mitchell Freeway in Clarkson in Perth‘s north on November 7.
His white Ford Falcon was impounded after police tracked him down to his home in the nearby suburb of Jindalee.
Ahmadi pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Friday, but said in a letter to Joondalup Magistrates Court his car had been tuned differently so he could race it at a motorplex a few days before his high-speed jaunt.
Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, 30 has been fined $4,000 after he was caught travelling at 243km/h down the Mitchell Freeway in WA in his white Ford Falcon (pictured being impounded)
He said he never ended up racing it as the track was ‘not good’, and didn’t drive it until November 7 when he discovered the Ford went ‘four times faster than expected’, the West Australian reported.
Magistrate Matthew Walton said the letter was ‘remarkable’ and was tempted to give Ahmadi a prison sentence.
He stopped short though of jailing the 30-year-old and instead fined him $4,000.
Ahmadi also had his licence suspended for eight months.
‘That is an extraordinary speed. The highest speed I can recall dealing with as a magistrate,’ Mr Walton said.
Ahmadi pleaded guilty to reckless driving on Friday, but said in a letter to Joondalup Magistrates Court his car had been tuned differently so he could race it at a motorplex (file image)
Mr Walton said he found Ahmadi’s excuse ‘preposterous’ and ‘fantastical’ and said he may have understood if the driver was a teenager – not a 30-year-old.
Ahmadi’s lawyer Mark Andrews said his client understood there was no other vehicles on the road at the time.
Mr Andrews said Ahmadi had suffered a ‘brain fade’ and accepts he put himself and others at danger.