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249km/h Lamborghini driver in court

2005-07-18 22:42

Carina van Wyk

This was what East Rand speed fiend Emmanuel Jackson, 48, said at the Germiston magistrate's court, after being caught doing 249km/h in his gold Lamborghini on Sunday on the N2 South near Edenvale.

Jackson appeared in court on a charge of reckless and negligent driving. The case was postponed to September 9.

Earlier, Jackson clocked 300km/h at Kyalami in the same gold-coloured car.

Jackson owns four Lamborghinis and he and his attorney, Nick Xenophontos, arrived at the court in a brand-new white C55 AMG Mercedes.

Gary Ronald, spokesperson of the Automobile Association, said accidents occurred regularly near the Linksfield off-ramp on the section of the road where Jackson was caught.

"Driving at that speed on a public road is absolutely reckless. You are driving twice as fast as other motorists."

Ronald said the speed difference between trucks and cars already increased the chances of an accident.

"Add to that a maniac driving at 249km/h and you have a recipe for disaster.

"Someone who drives that fast does not deserve to drive on public roads."

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