Florida Republican Blames Luxury Car for Lead Foot

Senate hopeful feels the need for speed

Posted June 3, 2016 at 1:35pm

   

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Florida Senate candidate Carlos Beruff, was driving a “really nice car” when he was clocked at 103 mph. (Carlos Beruff for Senate on Facebook)

Senate hopeful Carlos Beruff has been caught speeding five times over the past six years, a habit of flaunting traffic laws that temporarily cost him his license in 2010.  

Beruff, who is currently in the race to claim the open seat created by the expected departure of failed presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was most recently ticketed in June 2014 for traveling at 30-plus miles over the posted limit.  

“I had a really nice car. You can drive 103 and it not be dangerous,” was how the GOP candidate rationalized his speeding to the Tampa Bay Times.  

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According to Mercedes-Benz, the 2016 version of the S-Class sedan Beruff utilized to rack up numerous citations does 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.  

No telling how much longer it took him to achieve the 103 mph that resulted in a $503 fine and the 40-day suspension of his driving privileges.  

It’s also unclear whether Beruff opted for the radar-guided cruise control feature “Top Gear” co-host Jeremy Clarkson put to the test in 2006.  

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