A SURVEILLANCE helicopter has caught a man travelling at 223 km/h on the AP-7 motorway near Gandia, on the Costa Blanca.

The Pegasus helicopter from Spain’s Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) caught the driver at 13.42 on Saturday, before notifying the Guardia Civil’s traffic unit.

The man was detained and tested positive to ‘various drugs’.

The Spanish government brought in surveillance helicopters to catch speeders back in 2007.

A total of eight now patrol the Spanish skies.

The Pegasus uses two cameras which monitor the speed of a car and record its number plate.

The cameras can also determine if a driver is using a mobile phone or riding without a seatbelt.

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