By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A Swiss court has slapped a wealthy speeder with a chalet-sized fine Ã¢Â€Â” a full $290,000.
Judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, in eastern Switzerland, based the record-breaking fine on the speederÃ¢Â€Â™s estimated wealth of over $20 million.
A statement on the courtÃ¢Â€Â™s Web site says the driver Ã¢Â€Â” a repeat offender Ã¢Â€Â” drove up to 35 miles an hour (57 kilometers an hour) an hour faster than the 50-mile-an-hour (80-kilometer-an-hour) limit.
The Blick daily newspaper in Zurich reported the fine was more than twice the previous Swiss record of about $107,000.