ASTORIA - A Portland attorney who blamed his German luxury car for a speeding ticket was told he was responsible, not the automaker.

Akin Blitz said he was just trying to get ahead of a line of cars following a motorhome over a mountain pass on U.S. Highway 26.

But Akin said he had no idea his BMW 535xi was going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone because of its handling characteristics.

Akin buttressed his arguments with a PowerPoint presentation and testimony from a mechanic.

But Clatsop County Circuit Judge Philip Nelson fined Blitz $182 and told him he was not only speeding, he ignored the risk of hitting wildlife that frequently cross the road.

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