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German teenager loses driving licence after 49 minutes

A German police officer holds a portable laser speed trap to his eye in this 2016 file photo Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Gone in 60 minutes - the speedy celebration was over quickly

A teenager managed to lose his driver's licence just 49 minutes after getting it, German police said.

The 18-year-old was returning from his successful driving test when officers in the town of Hemer checked his car with a laser speed gun.

He was clocked travelling almost twice the speed limit - at 95km/h (60mph) in a 50km/h (30mph) zone.

"Some things last for ever - others not for an hour," German police wrote in their statement.

The young man had four friends in the car with him, regional police in Märkischer Kreis said - and speculated that perhaps he was trying to impress with his driving skills.

Instead, he now faces a hefty punishment.

He has been formally banned for four weeks, but police said he would only get his licence back after "expensive retraining".

He is also facing a €200 fine, two points on his licence once it is restored, and his probationary period as a new driver has been lengthened from two years to four.

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