Police say the driver they pulled over on a Twin Cities interstate readily admitted that he was going 100 miles per hour. However, he blamed it on being Canadian.

Dalmar A. Ali, 22, of Toronto, was ticketed for speeding on southbound Interstate 35W near 66th Street in Richfield on a dark and rainy July 12 night.

Ali was stopped and acknowledged “passing other traffic like he was standing still,” the citation filed last week read.

He went on to explain that he’s from Canada, where vehicle speedometers reading 100 are measuring kilometers per hour, not miles per hour. A speed of 100 kph converts to about 62 mph.

Metric mix-up or not, Ali is due in court on Sept. 13 for his arraignment. Any fine, if there is one, will have to be paid in U.S. dollars.

PAUL WALSH