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. CZZ

    evidence? Like no one got footage.. ha!
    Probably all those kids have it all on tape.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CZZ

    evidence? Like no one got footage. ha!
    Bet those kids have it all on tape

    September 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. r. birch

    I live in Berlin Germany, an American citizen. I drive that fast on a daily basis on the autobon . What the heck is the big deal. I just have a small BMW.. I get passed on a regular basis.. The American speed limits on our interstates are way to slow. Very very few accidents here..

    September 2, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ck

      People in Germany actually learn driving.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      I agree with you somewhat as I lived in Italy for 2 1/2 years with the autostrada that has no speed limit. You are in a country the size of most US states though, so to apply that same knowledge over here wouldn't work entirely. First off, the thing they did wrong was block the flow of traffic so they could race with any other cars in the way. My motorcycle group would do this on the interstate here adn we were chased by state patrol, so thats what was bad. Plus, Montana tried the no speed limit thing for a while until lawsuits started to pile up and they went back.. Would I like no speed limits here? you betcha, but it will never happen....

      September 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      You spell Autobahn very poorly for someone who drives on it daily.

      What's the big deal? The big deal is they broke the law. It doesn't matter if Germany's laws are different. They broke Canadian law. In Canada.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1racebannon

    The cops may not have caught them red handed... but I bet they can find this road race on Youtube!

    September 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stop hating rich people

    truth is, they're poor.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      Instead of hating the rich we should be giving them tax breaks.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. petridish

    What, no Bugatti Veyron? What losers!

    September 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    No worries; if the RCMP actually *had* seized the cars, Daddy would have furnished Junior with a brand-new replacement long before the week was out.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. j h

    All those punks think that they are gangsters, living off mommy and daddy. They should all do hard time to whip their scrawny bodies into shape.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Danny

    They wasnt in the U.S.A.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Simon

    And I bet they all get off scott free when their daddies' expensive lawyers are through.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Legally, perhaps. But daddy ain't gonna be too happy that junior took his Lamborghini out for little spin.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LASSIK

    yea... who won? ahhhhh youth

    September 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burt

      The only one that got away...the Z06

      September 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kimo

    Here in the US we call these rich kids "job creators".

    September 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jude

    The fact that they were being fined at all and that they'll be responsible for any kinda fine or fee is ridiculous considering they were not caught in any way, shape or form.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Wow, finally someone states the obvious, an actual intelligent comment. Exactly! How can the police even justify giving them fines in the first place without clear evidence. They can fine off he said/she said? Great police work yet again!!

      September 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • broken_record

      Arent witness account worth something ! I bet they are, but can they really measure the speed with their eyeball.
      They can however claim, I was over the speed limit by so & so number and It was basically that these kids outgunned past me... Bahhhhh

      September 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      they can use eye witness testimony to convict people of anything really. if a crowd of people see you murder someone but there isnt a murder weapon, dna samples or anything but that group of people... u can still be charged with murder.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2/8

      ......use your head.

      September 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buffalo Buns

    Now, take 'em out and crush 'em! Yee Hawww!!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Buffalo Buns

    Learn how to use the REPLY feature. It keeps you from looking like a total fool.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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