Bengaluru: A renowned name in the world of rallying and autocross sport in the state, Den Thimmiah was booked for 18 traffic violations near Cantonment Railway Station junction on Friday evening.
Few of his violations included – driving without licence, not wearing seat belt, defective exhaust, defective registration plate, reckless and dangerous driving, refuse to stop at police signal and chase. There were 11 other violations as well which amounted to Rs 3,900 as fine that Den had to pay the High Grounds Traffic cops on Friday.
Around 5 pm Den took his Honda City for a test drive from Sarjapura Road, but forgot to take his wallet. While test driving the vehicle on city streets he was flagged down by the police. As he did not stop, he was chased and caught by the cops near Cantonment Railway station, said the police.
“Without a driving licence how can I participate in rallies. The officer had booked me for not carrying one when I pleaded that I can bring my licence,” said Den. The police accused me of having a sports car that should not be driven inside the city.
Well I had paid road taxes and it’s pretty much an Indian made Honda City,” he added. “The time the officer knew that I was a rallyist, and had taken part in many autocross rallies, I was treated indifferently,” Den told DC.
“While I humbly accepted my mistakes and told that I was ready to pay up the fines, I was unnecessarily accused in front of electronic media, that I was abusive to the traffic cops,” Den added.
Den Thimmiah is one among the renowned names in national and international autocross circuit and has made it to the podium 149 times and secured first place 109 times. He had won the fastest driver and champion of the day at the Dussera rally that was held at Kodagu – Mysore recently.