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Norwegian's $30,000 drink-drive fine
Courtesy of Rolls-Royce
The unnamed man was driving his Rolls-Royce when he was stopped

A Norwegian car importer has been fined the equivalent of almost US$30,000 after being caught drink-driving his Rolls-Royce, according to a newspaper.

He was stopped at Frogner in the capital Oslo in May last year after having had dinner in the luxurious area of Holmenkollen, reported Dagbladet newspaper.

The businessman admitted he had been drinking red wine with the meal, but did not feel drunk.

The NKr200,000 fine - issued recently - was based on the man's earnings during 2001.

That year, the man had transferred funds from his firm to his private portfolio in order to reduce his tax burden.

His gross income during 2001 was NKr12m ($1.7m) and his net personal fortune stood at NKr64m ($9.4m).

Anssi Vanjoki - courtesy of Nokia
The highest ever speeding fine went to a director of Finnish firm Nokia

Drink-driving fines in Norway are calculated on the basis of 1.5 times a monthly salary.

"I have never heard of a higher fine for drink-driving," the head of the legal department at the Norwegian Automobile Association told Dagbladet. In January 2002, the director of Finnish telecommunications giant, Nokia, received what was believed to be the most expensive speeding ticket ever.

Anssi Vanjoki, 44, was ordered to pay a fine of 116,000 euros (US$103,600) after being caught breaking the speed limit on his Harley Davidson motorbike in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

Mr Vanjoki had to pay a fine equal to 14 days of his income in 1999, which was about 14m euros ($12.5m).

Police said he was driving at 75 km/h (47 mph) in a 50km/h (31 mph) zone.

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