A young Saudi ‘playboy’ has been convicted of driving through London’s Hyde Park in his father’s souped-up McLaren supercar while high on cannabis, according to local media.
Mohammad Al Sharif, a 22-year-old student who lives off a family allowance, was stopped by police while driving the limited edition car, worth about £168,500 ($251,800), about 10.40am on December 11, the Daily Mail reported.
He had been driving “erratically” and was unsteady on his feet and slurring his words, police reportedly told Hammersmith Magistrates' Court. He admitted to taking drugs about three hours earlier.
He was arrested and taken to a police station, where he was searched and a small amount of cannabis was found, which he admitted was his, a police officer told the court.
A blood test found Al Sharif had used cannabis and another drug, which is believed to have been prescribed, the officer said.
He was found to be driving on a Saudi Arabia-issued International Driving Licence, which ironically was not valid in his home country, the Daily Mail said.
The court heard the car, a McLaren MP4-12c 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 Velocita Wind Edition, which had been named the Middle East’s ‘best supercar’ and overall ‘car of the year’ in 2012, had been extensively modified to make it even more powerful.
It can reach 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds and has seven gears.
Al Sharif denied his driving had been “erratic”.
He had been studying business and improving his English in London since 2012. He has no income and survives with the financial support from his family in Saudi Arabia, the Daily Mail reported.
Al Sharif was reportedly fined £400 ($600) and disqualified from driving for a year.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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