Ferrari clocked at 210kmh
A Ferrari-driving businessman hit 210kmh on the Waikato Expressway with a cop on his tail.
Hui Zhang, 37, of Taupo, appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday, where he was fined $1400 and disqualified from driving for eight months.
On June 18, with heavy traffic travelling in both lanes of the expressway, Zhang was spotted doing 178kmh by an officer sitting in an unmarked police car near the Lake Road overbridge.
A pursuit ensued. The officer activated his lights and sirens in an effort to get the driver to slow down.
Instead of pulling over, Zhang hit the accelerator and the late model Ferrari California roared on.
He zoomed under the River Road overbridge at 210kmh, passing several other vehicles.
During the pursuit Zhang travelled at varying speeds, all well in excess of 100kmh. Slowing to 180kmh, Zhang braked heavily and eventually pulled over near the Te Rapa on-ramp at Horotiu, where he was arrested.
Police prosecutor Steve Bell said it was understood the Ferrari was valued around $400,000 and Zhang was believed to have purchased the powerful car in Auckland earlier that day.
Zhang appeared in court with an interpreter. His counsel Shayne Lawrey said he had had a ‘‘good conversation’’ with him about his driving.
‘‘He accepts he wasn’t really aware of the speed limit.
‘‘As soon as he became aware that he needed to pull over, he pulled over immediately.’’
Community magistrate Kathryn Wilson scolded Zhang when passing sentence.
‘‘You may have a beautiful car, but our roads are not designed for cars to go over 100kmh.
‘‘You may think you are a good driver, but just one thing,’’ Wilson said as she clapped her hands together to demonstrate an impact, ‘‘and you would have been killed or you would have killed someone.’’
As Wilson announced the fine Zhang had to pay, a low whistle was heard coming from the public gallery.
Zhang is the second speedster to appear in the Hamilton District Court in a week. Last Friday, Brazilian cardiologist Marco Filho, 28, a tourist, was fined $1100 after he was clocked travelling at 202kmh on the expressway in a rented Mercedes GLC.