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Police to report driver to prosecutors for going 220 kph over limit in worst-ever violation

OSAKA -- Police are set to send papers to prosecutors on Nov. 5 on a man in his 30s who allegedly drove at 280 kilometers per hour on a road in the city of Higashiosaka in western Japan -- 220 kph over the speed limit, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

It is believed to be the worst speed violation on a road ever in Japan.

The man, a resident of Osaka Prefecture, is accused of violating the Road Traffic Act. According to people familiar with the case, the suspect was allegedly caught driving at the excessive speed on Daini Hanna limited highway in the city of Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, in January 2018, in an area where the speed limit is 60 kilometers per hour.

Osaka Prefectural Police estimated the speed after analyzing it from camera footage and conducting other investigations. A speed of 280 kilometers an hour is almost the same as the maximum speed of Shinkansen bullet trains.

In a similar case, the Metropolitan Police Department arrested a male company employee living in Tokyo for allegedly driving a sports car at 235 kilometers per hour on the Chuo Expressway in the capital's Kunitachi city in March this year. In addition, Chiba Prefectural Police sent papers to prosecutors on a male company employee living in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo on suspicion of driving a large motorcycle at 239 kilometers per hour on the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line crossing the Tokyo Bay in the same month.

(Japanese original by Hayaki Takeda, Osaka City News Department)

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