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by Brett Davis

A motor mechanic in Perth has denied allegations that he was road testing a Lamborghini Gallardo on public roads at more than 160km/h. The mechanic has pleaded not guilty in court, saying he was doing 130km/h at the most.

The mechanic, Leone Antonino Magistro, 53, took the car for a road test and, apparently, passed an unmarked police car which then initiated a chase. The police say they then had to catch up to Mr Magistro and used their speed as a reference as to what kind of speed was reached – no speed detection equipment was used. Police say they hit 160km/h before realising they were exceeding the police speed limit of 140km/h without authorisation.

Meanwhile, Mr Magistro says he reached 130km/h and that he would accept the infringement notice for that speed – an infringement that does not provoke the car to be impounded. He also says he was taking the car to the workshop to assess some performance issues the car was suffering, but says he never road tests client’s cars on public roads.

The $400,000 Lamborghini Gallardo was owned by a local doctor in the area and has since been impounded for 28 days under anti-hoon laws.

The trial continues.




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