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YouTube Ferrari driver in Japan faces speeding charges

PUBLISHED March 10, 2012

Police say that 50-year-old doctor from Okawa in Fukuoaka Prefecture is the man in a YouTube entitled "Ferrari 458 Italia Drive in Japan 2011", which shows the sports car being driven at high speed along motorways and coastal roads in southern Japan.

According to Japanese newspaper The Mainichi Daily News, the man was arrested on Friday and is reported to have told police, "I wanted to make a Ferrari promotional video".

The video shows a man wearing red gloves driving a Ferrari 458 with a camera positioned behind the driver, who at one point appears to race with a white Porsche.

Police received a tip about the video in May last year, and determined the speed of the Ferrari based on the distance and timing of the objects it passed.

The driver could face a six month jail sentence and an £800 fine if he is convicted.