An 88-year-old man whose sports car was seized in Australia under hoon laws after allegedly travelling more than 50km/h over the limit says he shouldn’t have been charged.
Hamilton Hill man Christian Tittel was charged with reckless driving after police caught him allegedly travelling at 122km/h in a 70km/h speed zone by a speed camera on February 28.
The former rally car driver was issued a surrender notice for his yellow Porsche Carrera 911 and a summons for reckless driving on Sunday.
Mr Tittel said his actions were “justified” because he was a driving veteran with a good record.
“You don’t look at the speedometer when you’re driving a sports car, you look at the road,” he said.
“I’ve been driving now for 70 years, since 1949 on three continents, without ever having an accident or a fine.”
Mr Tittel added that police should target young men instead who were often to blame for fatal crashes or road rage.
The grandfather said he probably was going about 120km/h but would plead ‘not guilty’ to reckless driving.
“The speed, 120km on a straight open road, that’s nothing,” he said.
“On this road in Europe or America I would probably go 180km.”
Cars can be impounded for 28 days under hoon offences in Western Australia if a driver is caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.