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U.S. Senate hopeful thinks he shouldn’t be ticketed for going over 100 mph

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Florida homebuilder Carlos Beruff.  Credit: USF.edu
Florida homebuilder Carlos Beruff. Credit: USF.edu


A Florida politician eyeing the US Senate suggested that his penchant for speeding should be overlooked due to the quality of his expensive vehicle.

According to an op-ed in the Herald Tribune by columnist Tom Lyons, Carlos Beruff -known as “the Cuban-American Donald Trump” for his outlandish statements and lavish lifestyle- has been ticketed five times in six years, even getting his license suspended for 40 days after going 103 miles per hour on the interstate in 2010.

“I had a really nice car. You can drive 103 and it not be dangerous,” the 58-year-old Senate hopeful said, claiming that more expensive cars are able to handle higher speeds better.

Beruff has been stopped for speeding in school zones, as well as going 15-31 MPH over the speed limit three other times. His most recent offense in June 2014 found him going 76 in a 45, resulting in a $300 penalty.

Florida state law gives courts discretion on whether or not to suspend a license if the offender is found going 30 MPH or more over the posted speed limit.

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