A helicopter was scrambled to chase five British drivers caught tearing through France at speeds of “over 100mph”.
The petrol heads in top-range Porches and Lamborghinis were spotted whizzing through traffic by an off-duty police chief on a packed road in Biarritz, in the south of France.
The officer phoned colleagues who scrambled a helicopter to try and catch the drivers as they headed towards Hendaye and then on to Saragossa in Spain.
After spotting the chopper hovering overhead, the drivers slowed down, allowing the police cars to catch up.
The men, who have not been named by French authorities, were eventually pulled over at a toll booth where they received fines and a warning that their vehicles could be confiscated if they continued the reckless driving.
Although the speeds were not recorded on any speed guns or cameras, officers are adamant the men were travelling at speeds in excess of 100mph.
A police spokesman said: “The speeds were so high that we had to call in the Gendarmerie helicopter in Bayonne to intercept them.”
France has a strict record of penalising speeding drivers, with at least half a million Brits flashed by speed cameras in the country every year.
On-the-spot fines can be more than £100 and the country’s police force collected £1.38billion in 2014 alone.
Source: The Mirror