Toyota driver Kyle Busch loses his license for 128 in a 45
Kyle Busch, who drives the #18 Toyota Camry stock car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (and currently leads in the championship point standings), was caught going 128 miles per hour in a bright yellow 2012 Lexus LFA supercar lent to him by Toyota Motor Co near his home in North Carolina. The posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour in that area so although the officers let him drive away that day, he appeared in court earlier this week to face charges of careless driving and reckless driving.
Busch plead guilty to the speeding charge and offered a plea of no contest on the charges of careless driving and reckless driving for his 128mph hi jinks in the 2012 LFA that was out on a 24 hour test drive. Although Busch’s attorney pushed for some “good ol’ boy” judicial decisions citing that Busch driving the LFA at those speeds is similar to a scalpel in the hands of a surgeon – not a knife in the hands of a 5 year old. Luckily for the driving public, the judge hammered Busch pretty hard giving him a 45 days suspension of the state driver’s license, a $1,000 fine and 30 days of community service.
Even though Kyle Busch’s lawyer argued that his client should receive a lighter sentence, Busch’s extreme speeds may have been found more inexcusable by the judge considering that within a close proximity of his high-speed romp was a church, a pre-school and a group of homes. Ultimately, Kyle Busch is pig rich by the standards of the average fan so $1,000 is nothing and while he doesn’t have his license – he has a whole team of crewmembers who will likely be at his beckoned call for the next month and a half whenever he needs a lift.
This was not Busch’s first run-in with the law over driving offenses as he previously was nailed for 55 in a 35 along with doing a burnout on a public street. In the long run, while the judge may have made an example of Busch according to the defense lawyer, the punishment will have no real impact on the celebrity driver’s life. After the announcement of his punishment, Busch offered the following comment:
"I'm certainly sorry that it happened. It wasn't a toy, it's a high-performance vehicle. It should be driven with caution. Obviously, I didn't have caution and I had a lack of judgment. There's probably reason why on the TV commercials that they always show at the bottom, 'Professional driver, closed course.' Mine was not that. Again, I apologize sincerely. All I can do is make sure it doesn't happen again."
Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution
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