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. Leonard C. Marshman

    And I'll bet they were primarily Asian-Canadians...who else that age would have those kinds of vehicles? And at least down here in California, everyone universally-acknowledges the worst drivers of all are...ASIAN! Good thing nobody was hurt!

    September 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • JWHeckendorf

      Who do you think invented the lane change from #1 lane to #6 lane in less than a second and even in less time if the were getting onto an offramp. I have NEVER seen one of them ever turn their head to look.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      Still upset mommy needs to give you a ride to the unemployment center every day, huh?

      September 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      Using Lenny's impeccable logic...we should have another Holocaust.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bogus

    This is news?

    September 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    I am sure this made their day! Having their cars listed on CNN was certainly worth the $196 Canadian. Those car racing hoodlums! What a compliment to that demographic.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JWHeckendorf

    At 125, my Yugo could be winning. I just want to know who won ton. LMFAO. For you Mike, that is sarcasm.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    Well how do they know how fast they were going and I mean the witnesses (not the police) and a good lawyer could get them off of the charge of public disregard, since they blocked traffic they were considering public safety.

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

      Yes they were considering their safety from prosecution by keeping the public out. They weren't considering anybodys' safety by blocking the roads or traveling on them at speeds in excess of the engineering design parameters.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Spaceman

    What, no Bugatti !

    September 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. H

    MMmmmmmm Ferrari 599.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 8080a

    3 Gallardos? Just how small is the average **** in Vancouver anyway?

    September 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. muhamed

    so who won ?

    September 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Lol thats what I want to know...

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

      ur mom did hahahaha

      September 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dr Bill Toth

    how fun!! Interesting they got tickets based upon just heresay. Sure glad we live in America...guilty until proven innocent...oh wait..it used to be innocent until proven guilty. oh my.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horus

      Doc – yeah but in America a bunch of spoiled rich kids block a highway for attention and they'll probably wind up shot.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-man

      Multiple Eye-Witness accounts is not hearsay. OJ, Casey Anthony and Robert Blake are glad they live in America too šŸ˜‰

      September 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • guyfawks

      here in America you can be have a citizens arrest. And btw do you know what the under cover traffic cops are doing? entrapping you instead of protecting you.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      No habeas corpus in our country and you think you can criticize the Canadian justice system?

      September 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j noonan

    No one got hurt. I am glad that they didn't lose their cars.

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

    Wow....I thought I was fortunate to have a hand-me-down beat up 69 Beetle – which I drove from 16 to last year in college, when my grandmother was kind enough to loan me $3800 to buy a used Honda. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have had any one of those cars at that age, but this is clearly a parental stupidity problem. Frontal lobe development continues into the mid-twenties, which means these kids probably (obviously) don't have the self-discipline to be driving anything; much less vehicles most can only drool over.

    I hope these folks insurance companies quadruple the rates on the parents for this lack of judgment....

    September 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • 68Fastback

      The problem with that is British columbia has government insurance – ICBC – and rates are already high. Then throw on because of these spoiled brats, rates go up for ALL British Columbians. It is necessary to have coverage from ICBC to be driving legally, plus a lot of RESPONSIBLE adults also top it up with private insurance... MO MONEY

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

      68 – Didn't know that....that' s-u-c-s. Love the 68FB...Currently restoring a 66 2+2. Probably do as a GT clone...
      Take care...

      September 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PaulBut_t_boyWalker

    If Rome wanted you dead you'd be dead...

    September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. closetiguana

    Rich kids with dads car. Not saying I'm not jealous.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AlexanderAF

    Bilbo baggins – "perhaps you should either get used to it, or get a job. It's amazing what you can buy when you have some money."

    I'm in my thirties and have dual MBA's, but if you can find me a job that pays like that count me in! :resume attached:

    September 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • andres

      Dual MBA's, heck my single MBA was enough, enough for me to realize that I'd have to go out and MAKE my own opportunity instead of waiting for opportunity to fall into my lap.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • felipe Lopez

      Did you graduate from two high schools too?

      September 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • rey

      lol whats your min wage in the USA now? im in alberta canada and not many jobs here pay less then $14 an hour..

      September 5, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Stinky is as stinky does

      I read your resume. Sanitation Engineer? Isn't that another term for garbage man?

      September 5, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt N

      Degrees don't make money, its ambition, and even luck (according to Buffett). A piece of paper is worthless, if the person holding it is worthless. And many young people do actually work and earn their big bucks. But even if these young adults didn't earn their nice wheels, if I make a lot of money, don't I have to right to get my children nice things. Let's all hate the wealthy, even though we all want to be wealthy.

      September 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Badeley-Bent

      I'm in the same boat. I bought into the Bush bull-shirt that there weren't enough "qualified" Americans. Now I'm up to my eye balls in student loans and can't find work. Thank you George!

      September 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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