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Stupid Case File for July 22, 2006

Fleeing & Eluding: A Guide To Breaking More Laws

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An Italian scooter rider fleeing from police hit the throttle and racked up a record penalty of 144 points off his 20-point driving licence in a few minutes of reckless riding.

Police in the northwestern Italian city of Turin chased the young rider after he evaded their attempts to stop him for breaking the law by not wearing a helmet on Tuesday evening, the ANSA news agency reported on Wednesday.

After the 15-minute chase, his list of offences had grown: not stopping when police ordered, running a red light, riding the wrong way down city-centre streets, riding on pedestrian footpaths and speeding.

He was also found to be riding without rear-view mirrors, insurance or lights, and with a licence plate incorrectly attached to his vehicle.

Police confiscated the scooter and fined the rider 2,300 euros (2,890 dollars) for the offences.

The rider broke a previous national record held by a youth in Bolzano, northern Italy, who had 116 points deducted for a single night's offences in April.

A law introduced in Italy in 2003 set tough penalties for certain motoring offences, particularly major speeding, dangerous overtaking and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.


Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

Wow! That's alot of infractions, for one joyride. In Michigan, they were considering going helmetless, until our dear Governor poo-pooed the idea. --Jim

July 23, 2006 7:31 AM  
Blogger Hammy said...

Sounds like fairly standard Italian driving standards. Perhaps he thought he was taking a driving test.

July 24, 2006 2:10 AM  
Blogger Miss R said...

Can scooters go that fast? I mean really, the police car couldn't catch a scooter. Which one is stupid again?

July 28, 2006 10:12 PM  
Blogger Malinda777 said...

WOW, 144 pts off a 20 point record, that's like a negative A+ !!

July 30, 2006 6:27 AM  

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