Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race
This Lamborghini was among 13 high-end cars impounded by Canadian police.
September 2nd, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race

This could be the plot for a movie, "Fast and Furious Canada," or maybe "Fast and Furious, the Young and the Rich."

Police in British Columbia say they impounded $2 million worth of high-end vehicles this week after witnesses reported the 13 cars racing on a metro Vancouver highway at speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).

The high-end race cars included a Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release.

Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race, witnesses told the RCMP.

"These drivers seemed to be looking for attention. Well, they definitely got the attention of police," Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service, said in the press release.

What the racers, who police said are all under age 21, won't get is harsh punishment.

"Each driver will be charged with Driving without Reasonable Consideration and receive a violation ticket with a specified penalty of $196. Additionally, these drivers will be responsible for all associated towing and storage charges," according to the RCMP press release.

That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts. They weren't caught on radar, video or seen by a police officer, Superintendent Norm Gaumont, RCMP officer in charge of traffic enforcement for the Lower Mainland, told the Surrey Now newspaper.

"I know there's a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. They fact of the matter is, we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we're able to prove," Surrey Now quoted Gaumont as saying. "That's why we've charged them with driving without due consideration for the public."

If police were able to charge the 13 drivers with more severe offenses, they could have faced forfeiture of their vehicles, according to a Vancouver Sun report.

The RCMP said most of the drivers were operating their vehicles on "N" class licenses, which means they had not yet attained full driving privileges. Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car they were driving, Gaumont told Surrey Now.

The drivers included 12 men and one woman, according to Surrey Now. Gaumont told the paper they were on their way to have a meal when they decided to race.

According to the Sun, the vehicles were:

  • 2007 Ferrari 599
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2009 Audi R8
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Nissan GT-R
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2010 Maserati Turismo
  • 2011 Mercedes SL63
  • 2011 Mercedes SLS
  • 2005 Aston Martin DB9
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  1. us1776

    These kids need to be in jail for 6 months for doing such a stupid thing.

    The public roadways are not a race track.

    If you want to race then go to your nearest racetrack, sign a waiver, and race away.

    .

    September 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. asdf

    Yep great time to to be ultra rich in the west. The right is just trying to throw all the money your way.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    So, there a f****ing idiots even in Canada... good to know Canadians are normal people. Now ... some PI in the area where these morons live should setup some camera so they lose their cars next time they do car racing .. because one thing is sure .. they will do it again. Let's hope the PI will catch them before they kill somone

    September 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aezel

    I could take a stock Corvette and mod it to blow everything there out of the water for less than $10,000 more invested in the car. Waste of money. If you want real speed these cars aren't what you buy, they are just for fakers.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Samuel R. Preston, III

    I admire these people and wish I could be just like them.

    September 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cnnpeacecnn

    specified penalty of $196 ???,,come on ,, take off 1% of their wealth,,,that will be a real penalty

    September 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cnnpeacecnn

    It's good for kids ,,,,,,,,,,,,

    September 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sophie

    Police in BC need to grow a spine. No evidence? Why do you need evidence when all the drivers admitted to racing????

    September 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • VanCity

      I don't read anywhere that they admitted to the police that they were racing?

      September 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spaceman

    In a court case 'a fellow citizen' cannot cite you for speeding based on opinion !

    September 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cnnpeacecnn

    Nice,,,,,13 ,,good number

    September 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. parasocks

    Uhhh what kind of reporting is this?

    Who won?!

    September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. scott dill

    if they drive laborgini 196 $ fine will not be punishment all fine should be % of assets

    September 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sam32

    this s bs, the cops had no evidence, rcmp just wants to be on the news grow up

    September 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gooya

    @ John, did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Don't think saying America's hat was such a insult?? Geesh, what happened to your warm, friendly Canadian charm??

    September 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fozman

    Who the heck buys a Maserati Turismo?

    September 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
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