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Tesla driver caught 85km over speed limit

A Tesla driver managed to ruin his own birthday after driving 85km over the speed limit (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)
A Tesla driver managed to ruin his own birthday after driving 85km over the speed limit (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

A Tesla driver managed to ruin his own birthday after driving 85km over the speed limit while on the way to a ski trip.

The man was on his way to a ski resort to celebrate his 32nd birthday when police pulled him over in Towong, on the Victoria/New South Wales border at 2pm on Tuesday.

Instead of a fun-filled day on the slopes, the Oakleigh man had his car taken away and spent the day being interviewed by traffic cops.

A man has had his Tesla taken on his birthday after doing 185km/hr in a 100km/hr zone. (Stock image)
A man has had his Tesla taken on his birthday after doing 185km/hr in a 100km/hr zone. (Stock image)
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Victorian cops pulled the man over as he sped towards the slopes for a ski birthday (stock image)

The man was allegedly driving his Tesla at 185km/hr in a 100km/hr zone.

The vehicle also had two unroadworthy tyres.

The vehicle was impounded and the man is expected to receive speed and defective-vehicle charges.

Police have yet to formally charge the man, but he now faces losing his licence for at least a year and could receive a fine of over $3,500.

The starting price for Tesla cars in Australia is around $60,000, with some models costing closer to $100,000.

Police would not speculate on what had caused the man to be driving so recklessly, but were clearly unwilling to give him a birthday present of their own and ignore his dangerous behaviour.