Bathroom break no excuse for ‘excessive speed,’ police clock driver from Brampton at 167 km/h


Published September 25, 2023 at 9:33 am

On Route Highway 400 ontario roads
An On Route road stop is seen in this file photo (Infrastructure Ontario)

When you got to go, you’ve got to go.

A Brampton man found out the hard way that even the most urgent of bathroom breaks isn’t a reason to put the pedal to the metal after being charged with stunt driving.

The OPP said on Saturday that an officer from the Aurora Detachment was at the On Route road stop at Highway 400 and Highway 89 near Innisfil, approximately 25 kilometres south of Barrie.

That’s when police say a 24-year-old man from Brampton was spotted travelling at an “excessive speed” in the southbound lanes of Highway 400.

Police say the driver was clocked at 167 km/h, and told officers he had to use the bathroom. That excuse didn’t get the man out of a stunt driving charge, as police say the driver was charged and hit with a 30-day licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for 14 days.

“An urgent need to go to the bathroom is not an excuse for excessive speed,” the OPP said in a post on X (formerly Twitter)

Users on social media comment on the charges, with many surprised that a bathroom-related emergency isn’t a valid reason for speeding.

“Another Myth busted,” one user wrote. “Apparently you can’t get away from speeding charges using this excuse.”

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