Estonian court jails Russian man for driving 70 kph over the limit

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A court in Rapla, Estonia on Friday meted out five days in detention as punishment to a 27-year-old Russian national caught driving 70 kph above the speed limit on the Tallinn-Pärnu road in the morning.

A police patrol recorded the violation on the 72nd kilometer of the Tallinn–Pärnu–Ikla road at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The driver, identified by his first name and age as Andrei, aged 27, explained his action with good weather and good road conditions, spokespeople for the West prefecture of the police said.

The police took the driver to the Rapla courthouse of the Pärnu regional court and requested 20 days behind bars as punishment for the gross offender. Citing upcoming expiry of the Russian national's visa, the court sentenced him to five days behind bars and as additional punishment stripped him of the right to drive a car in Estonia for one year.