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Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen reportedly fined $135,000 for speeding in Finland

Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen reportedly fined $135,000 for speeding in Finland

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The Sabres took Rasmus Ristolainen at No. 8 in 2013. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has been fined $135,000 and faces a three-month suspended license for speeding in Finland, according to a report from Finnish news outlet Ilta-Sanomat.

Ristolainen was driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone in his Mercedes-Benz G 500 off-road vehicle in Turku on May 3, the report said. The incident happened on a Friday afternoon when there was a lot of traffic in the area, according to the report.

Finland uses an income-based system for penalties and the newspaper said the fine is believed to be the most ever for a speeding ticket in Finland. Ristolainen  could choose to appeal.

During a court appearance, Ristolainen admitted that he was speeding but said the speedometer did not properly show how fast he was going, according to the report. He also outlined the safety features of his car in order to mitigate the fine.

A decision has not been made on whether Ristolainen will have his license suspended.

Ristolainen declined to comment Thursday when reached by Ilta-Sanomat.

The Sabres' first-round draft pick in 2013, Ristolainen has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason.

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