A college student in Florida, USA, was fined last week for speeding after he recklessly drove to get to college on time and attend class. He was driving his car at 116 mph (186 km/h), according to a report in TV station PBS.
When asked why he was driving so fast, the University of Florida student explained to police officials that he didn’t want to be late for class on the first day of the fall semester. The student later learned that his professor canceled his physics lecture that day, the outlet further reported.
A report was filed by Florida highway patrol officers after witnessing student Joseph D’Andre Melhado, 20, of Pembroke Pines, South Florida, swerve at triple-digit speeds through three lanes dense road, late morning on I-75.
“You’re reckless. You’re going to kill someone,” police officer DM Morgan told Mr. Melhado. “I’m arguing about sending you to jail for reckless driving. Why would you do that? Why are you driving so stupid?”
Mr. Melhado apologized to the official and said, “Honestly, I was just trying to get to class.”
“I know I was speeding, but I don’t think the way I drove was reckless,” he added.
Mr. Melhado added that he and his cat Nardo were on their way from Orlando back to Gainesville. He had planned to release the cat at his apartment before going to college.
He was hit with a penalty for speeding. Florida law provides for a $1,000 penalty for speeding above 50 mph, but a judge has the power to suspend a driver’s license.