“Undercover” traffic officials have tracked down and arrested the Audi driver who filmed himself speeding at an indicated 308 km/h on the N1 in Gauteng.
According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the driver was identified as a 36-year-old male and the vehicle as a red TT (an “S”, judging by the instrument cluster).
“Officials from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) used various investigative techniques to identify, locate and arrest the suspect,” the transport department said in statement.
“The alleged speedster, who resides in Midrand, was tracked down at a funeral in Limpopo by undercover investigators.
“He faces charges of reckless and negligent driving as well as related charges in terms of the National Road Traffic Act,” the statement added.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the news on Twitter, saying the driver was in police custody in Midrand.
Earlier, the RTMC issued an ultimatum to the driver to “come forward” or officials would “visit him”.
The short clip, which Yusuf Abramjee posted on Twitter (it apparently originated on Instagram), shows the vehicle’s digital instrument cluster as the speed rises.
Going by the logo just above the central speed readout, the vehicle in question is an Audi TTS ... although obviously one that has been tuned and had its limiter lifted, seeing as the standard model is electronically restricted to 250 km/h. The video shows the vehicle accelerating from 243 km/h to 308 km/h, apparently on the N1 south near Midrand.
Well done to authorities for arresting the speedster. Let the law deal with him. And shame on those who have been supporting the speedster.@MbalulaFikile is right: “Speeding is not fashionable.” @TrafficRTMC @AsktheChiefJMPD pic.twitter.com/IBez45yRTW
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) January 26, 2020