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Shake drives teenager over limit

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The lure of the toilet just proved too much

A Canadian teenager caught driving at almost twice the speed limit told police he had overdosed on a protein drink and was looking for a toilet.

Hayder Mobarak, 19, was caught driving at 195km/h (121mph) on a highway near the Canadian capital, Ottawa.

"I was taking a protein shake and if you overdose it's really painful... I wasn't thinking, I was in pain," he told the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.

A local judge fined him $760 and banned him from driving for 30 days.

An official from Ontario's provincial police told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that having to go to the toilet was probably the second most common excuse for speeding given to police.

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