SHE MADE ME DO IT: Several drivers were arrested for speeding over the weekend on the East Rand. One said his crying daughter prompted him to driver faster. Image: Shutterstock
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - A man desperate to get to a toilet and another with a crying 10-year-old girl in his car were arrested for speeding on the East Rand on Sunday.
Ekurhuleni metro police said: "A 21-year-old driver was caught going 202km/h in a 120km/h zone in his BMW M3 on the R59 near Alberton. For travelling at that breakneck speed, the M3 driver advanced the reason that he was rushing was to attend to the 'call of nature'."
Police chased him from the highway until the Vaal area after he ignored instructions to stop.
The spokesman said: "Ekurhuleni bike squad had to hit speeds of between 280 and 290km/h to apprehend him."
A VW Polo driver who said his 10-year-old daughter's crying prompted him to "press hard on the pedal" was arrested for zipping along at 175km/h on the same road.
Two other drivers, who registered speeds of 198km/h and 182km/h, said they were "going to a family meeting" and "late for an appointment".
The 21-year-old BMW driver was denied bail and was due to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court today (Aug 25 2014). The other three were charged with reckless or negligent driving and released on bail of R500 to R1000.