Man arrested for doing 70mph over the limit in a friend's Ford Focus

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A man was arrested after police clocked him doing 70mph over the limit while testing the top speed of his friend's new car.

Benjamin Henke, 27, was driving a Ford Focus along Illinois Route 111 in Missouri when he decided to see how fast the car could go.

Henke let curiosity get the better of him and put his foot to the floor. An officer travelling on the road allegedly caught him doing 125mph in a 55mph zone shortly before the evening rush hour was due to begin.

Unsurprisingly, police took a dim view of his actions, issuing him with a citation for speeding and releasing him to appear in court in February.

In a statement announcing the arrest, South Roxana Police Chief Bob Coles said Henke was "seeing how fast his friend's car would go" when he was caught.

Despite the potentially serious implications of travelling so quickly, Coles had a good sense of humour about the incident.

"On the lighter side of things, we have all done dumb things while growing up and I am glad to know Henke understood his actions were wrong," Coles said. "Plus, I never would have guessed a Ford Focus could go so fast."