German prosecutors have decided not to press charges against a Czech millionaire who drove his high-powered sports car along a German highway at speeds of at least 414 kilometres per hour.
Germany’s DPA news agency reported on Friday, local time, that prosecutors in the town of Stendal reviewed footage of the incident and concluded that Radim Passer had not broken the law when he pushed his Bugatti Chiron to extreme speeds on a stretch of autobahn between Berlin and Hannover.
In a post below the video, which was uploaded to YouTube, Mr. Passer wrote that the video was recorded last year on a 10km section of straight road with three lanes and “visibility along the whole stretch”.
More than two-thirds of Germany’s highway network has no speed limit, a feature that has attracted foreign drivers who want to drive at breakneck speeds not permitted in their own countries.
German authorities can still prosecute drivers who drive in a way that is considered reckless, regardless of their speed.
However, Stendal prosecutors told DPA that they believed Passer had not endangered anyone because he had chosen the best time and conditions for his drive.
On his YouTube post, Mr. Passer wrote that he completed the drive at 4:50am on a Sunday and only passed 10 cars in the 10km stretch of road.
Mr. Passer described one of those drivers as a “spotter”, adding there were three other spotters placed on bridges.
The driver of the spotter car was travelling at 200kph and said the moment Mr. Passer’s car passed him was “stunning” and “an amazing experience”.
A recent rise in fuel prices and Russia’s war on Ukraine have reignited a debate in Germany about imposing a universal speed limit to help the country wean itself off Russian energy, but the pro-business Free Democratic Party, which runs the Transport Ministry, has rejected the idea.