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. lulz

    Most people didn't read the article. The police didn't catch them in the act so they can't charge them with anything other than hearsay basically.....and I don't know why everyone is assuming they are Chinese kids...........

    But yeah, stupid rich kids with money. Send em somewhere real like Nigeria or Somalia and let em live there for awhile.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      You don't have to assume, it was on the news and is a typical incident there.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • gregg

      THEY ARE CHINESE !!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Hey I am from Nigeria and we have a bunch of rich young Nigerian kids doing the same thing here. The only thing is that in Nigeria no one cares to enforce the driving laws.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B. Small

    Only one of the drivers owned the car .... I guess "Daddy" will be a little ticked when he finds out his car maybe taken....

    September 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VPBPRISING

    LOCK EM ALL UP for a year! Doesn't matter where their from, who they are or what race. Justice should be served!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ND4SPD

    These Chinese kids know how to race in a straight line? Wow! I'm impressed!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mush

    dis is soo bull!!!!! gettin charged without ne proof....goin on wat otha ppl said....ok yh de shud b charged 4 drivin a car without da rite license but nout more....neway 2 reply 2 certain comments, u can race on every road n every road is dangerous...doesnt mean u wont drive on dat road so y wont ppl race on it!!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cdn

      What??

      September 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatthe

      The type of English is this?

      September 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      The only thing about your statement that I can agree with (or understand) is "Mush"

      September 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Your An Idiot

      September 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MASTER SLICK

      LOL....FUNNY I UNDERSTAND MR MUSH PERFECTLY .......FELLOW SPEAKER OF THE ART OF SHORT HAND DRUNK AND GEBERISH ....THE ONLY OTHER EXPLANATION IS MUSH IS FROM THE CARIBBEAN .....LOL..... "MUSH ME BUDDY WA A GO ON STAR ....NO STUDY DEM EVERYTHING BLESS UP"...SMS

      September 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mit

      C'mon dude..at least u have to type it properly =_=

      September 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marianne

      Sorry, I don't speak sub-human!

      September 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Drag racing is not what they are doing. They are racing from a roll going for some top end speed. Having a standing 1/4 drag race is not what these guys are after. They are just going to do it until they get caught and or kill themselves and or someone else.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kyle

    Something tells me these canadian horse riding cops are a bunch of obama worshiping liberals.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herrick

      Probably not, they obviously like limited government.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawk

      Kyle. What kind of racist idiot would bring the president into this ? this is about a bunch of rich never grew up idiots.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Hawk, I never said anything about race. I like how you tried to accuse me of being a racist with absolutely no cause.

      What kind of mongrel idiot would accuse someone of being a racist when race was never a factor in the original comment?

      Hmmmmmmmmm

      September 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Let me guess....your middle name and family name also start with "K", making your initials....

      September 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruthie

      Despite what many Americans might think, your politics are not the be all and end all of global dealings. When faced with an isolated incident here in Canada, I'm pretty sure that our police don't step back and think, "Now, just what would Obama do in this situation?"

      September 3, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      Something tells me that you are listening to the monkey on your back too closely.

      September 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herrick

    That is really weak..... I was driving faster than that In a Honda when I was their age. Then again, if I had access to those kinds of cars when I was their age and still as stupid I would never have lived to grow out of it.

    I wish I could get away with a $200 fine driving like that!!

    September 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Ontario has it right. If you're caught driving more than 50k/hr over the limit (that's about 30 mph to you Americans), you not only get a fine of up to $10000.00, but you'll lose your license for a year and they seize your car....for good.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate C

      The government seizing car and keeping for themselves because a person drove 100 MPH in a 70 zone, on a wide open highway in the middle of nowhere is "getting it right"? Sorry, the government doesn't have any right to seize my property just because I violated some stupid law that shouldn't have been law in the first place. Not that these guys were right or shouldn't have faced heavy fines, etc. Of course they should. But why are you cheering on the government to seize people's PROPERTY over nonsense? Sorry you can't handle a car safely at 100 MPH, Granny, but there are millions of us out there who can.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ontario

      Thomas you are wrong, it's a week without a licence and car impounded for a week in Ontario.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. minet

    man .. how can someone date beyonce ..when she is already dating a guy ..
    man ! people dont share ! they sing ..love ..love .. but we dont get any of the honey we see
    thats not fair giving false impressions to people

    September 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      What exactly are you babbling about?

      September 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    How can 12 people all under 21 afford to be driving cars like this?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hattrick Payne

      Probably foreign money. Quite a few Chinese Billionaires' kids in BC. Hate stereotyping, but I'd like to know if these kids were born in BC, or the majority from Asia.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoopsFroot

      Probably South Asian as well. We see a lot of that here in Ontario.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @Hattrick Payne....... Since 99% of the Chinese in the world are from China, it's a safe bet they're from there.

      September 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      @Dave, what percentage of Chinese living in Vancouver were born in China? That would be a more relevant statistic, if you want to make this type of inference.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dion

    Well if these were "asian" folks most (if not all) live with their parents so its VERY EASY to afford high end cars. If they work you can afford $1500 month payments and $1000 mo insurance easily. Piece of cake.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MikeMc

    It's lovely to see young people like these enjoying life to its fullest.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hattrick Payne

    What?? 196 measly dollars? I got nailed in a speed trap on the sea to sky highway and they ticketed me for excessive speeding going 30 over the posted signs (120K/hr in that zone) and ICBC is still dinging me a "excessive driving fee" of 350 every year for the last three years. The only criminals here is our flacid justice system.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bamberg Drift

    Why is going 125mph a big deal? You can do this on most stretches of the autobahn. I normally cruise around 100mph with no problems.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Proud canadian

    Welcome to socialism at its best guys!....Didn't you know that confiscating property is another way of redistributing wealth?....socialism is expensive so we need to nationalize those supercars!...how else do you think we can afford $5.50 per gallon gas and $5 per gallon milk?
    Oh, canada we stand on guard for thee!

    September 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
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