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Wakayama traffic cop sent to prosecutors for speeding at 167 kph

The Wakayama Prefectural Police Headquarters is seen in Wakayama on March 8, 2019. (Mainichi/Shinji Kurokawa)

WAKAYAMA -- An officer who was until very recently a member of the traffic police force at Wakayama Prefectural Police here, western Japan, has had his case sent to prosecutors after he was reportedly caught driving at speeds of 167 kilometers per hour when off-duty on May 9, violating the local limit by some 87 kilometers per hour.

The officer, 23, was arrested on suspicion of violating the maximum speed limit in contravention of the Road Traffic Act and had papers accusing him sent to prosecutors on May 24, according to an individual connected to the investigation. The suspect also had his salary docked by 10% for one month, and was moved from the traffic police force to another department. Police have not officially announced the case.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the officer was off-duty on the night of May 9 when he went to meet a friend and returned home by driving a standard passenger car on the Hanwa Expressway, which stretches across Osaka and Wakayama prefectures. The expressway's speed limit is set at 80 kilometers per hour, but he is suspected of driving at 167 kilometers per hour.

The case was reportedly discovered when speeding cameras picked up the officer's car.

(Japanese original by Maki Kihara, Wakayama Bureau)

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