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Sat Dec 20 05:47:07 SAST 2014

Fast and furious on the N1

McKEED KOTLOLO | 09 July, 2012 00:05
Gauteng Traffic Police vehicle
Image by: Reuben Goldberg

A 20-year-old provincial swimmer and his father were arrested yesterday for racing two powerful sports cars on the N1 highway towards Pretoria at high speed.

The 55-year-old father was clocked driving at 234km/h in a Porsche GT3. His son, in an identical vehicle, could apparently not keep up and clocked 188km/h.

The younger man was originally identified as an "Olympic swimmer". But the glitch was that the SA Olympic swimming team had already departed for Monaco, where they are guests of former Benoni swimmer Charlene Wittstock, the Princess of Monaco.

This has been confirmed by Swimming SA.

The speedsters - who have now been identified as the MD of a retail shop and his son, a provincial swimmer - were speeding from Krugersdorp to Pretoria.

Gauteng traffic police spokesman Busaphi Nxumalo said they were on their way to deliver one of the cars to the younger man's uncle when they were trapped in Centurion just before 7am.

Nxumalo said the two were among 10 speeding motorists arrested on Gauteng province's roads yesterday for travelling between 183 and 234km/h.

She said the arrests were made by members of Gauteng Traffic Police's High Speed Unit yesterday.

The 55-year-old man was "caught with his white Porsche GT3 on the N1 towards Pretoria just after John Vorster. His 20-year-old-son, driving the same make of Porsche, was caught behind him travelling at 188km/h," she said.

"They were arrested for reckless and/or negligent driving with an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit of 120km/h."

The two were taken to Lyttelton police station from where they were released on R1000 bail each.

They are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court today. The two cars were not impounded.

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