A Duncan driver is facing a hefty fine after he was allegedly caught driving 100 kilometres an hour over the speed limit on Tuesday morning.

Police say members of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP pulled the vehicle over near Cowichan Bay Road at around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

RCMP officers were travelling south on the Trans-Canada Highway when they observed a vehicle approaching them at high speed, activated the radar unit and measured the vehicle’s speed at 180 km/h.

The posted speed limit was 80 km/h.

The driver was pulled over and issued a ticket for excessive speed, with a fine of $483 and three demerit points on his driver’s licence.

Because he was going more that 40 km/h over the speed limit, the vehicle was also impounded for seven days at the driver’s expense.

“We are out patrolling the highways at all hours of the day,” said Cpl. Cari Lougheed, road supervisor for the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

“We encourage everyone to drive responsibly so as to arrive safely at your destination.”