A motorist was handed a $1.4m (£1.1m) rushing high-quality after going 35mph over the restrict – and claims he was then threatened with court docket motion except he paid it.
Connor Cato assumed the steep penalty was a typo after he was caught driving at 90mph in a 55mph zone within the US state of Georgia.
However when he phoned up officers to debate his high-quality, which was issued within the coastal metropolis of Savannah, Mr Cato says he was ordered to pay up regardless and was even given a date for his court docket look.
Metropolis employees later clarified the seven-figure sum had been a “placeholder” which was robotically generated by court docket laptop software program.
‘This may be a typo’
He instructed WSAV-TV: “‘$1.4 million,’ the girl instructed me on the cellphone. I stated, ‘This may be a typo’ and she or he stated, ‘No sir, you both pay the quantity on the ticket otherwise you come to court docket on December 21 at 1.30pm’.”
Officers stated the precise high-quality was prone to be as much as $1,000 (£821), however stated a decide would decide the ultimate quantity.
They added that Mr Cato should additionally seem in court docket due to the excessive velocity he was travelling at.
Officers to ‘regulate language’
A spokesman for Savannah’s metropolis authorities, stated: “We don’t problem that placeholder as a risk to scare anyone into court docket, even when this individual heard in another way from anyone in our organisation.”
He added that the court docket was “at present engaged on adjusting the placeholder language to keep away from any confusion”.