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. Canadian

    So, CNN posts some lame story about a bunch of punks street racing, but NOTHING about the death of Jack Layton. Pathetic.

    CNN your choice of news-worthy stories dictates the quality of your news website.

    September 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. taskmaster

    If it were truck drivers running 15 k.p.h.over the speed limit they would be fined much more than that.CANADA SUCKS.

    September 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liz

    A bunch of under-21s with N-licenses driving vehicles that cost what these do? Look to their parents for failure to instill the proper respect for safety and the law. Sorry, but getting a couple of hangers-back to block other traffic hardly qualifies as responsible driving when street racing at over 100 mph. It's too bad that the police did not see this themselves and could only impose a paltry fine. Given the cars involved, I'd venture the $196 is laughable pocket change for the kids involved - and their parents will probably pay up and laugh while they brag about their kids' latest "cute' exploits.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. charlie

    And I will second what some one else said "Who won?"

    September 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Badeley-Bent

    I guess they can't afford cameras up there (or don't believe in them).

    September 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    I sure no one got paid off to lower the charges????????? don't worry kids like these will always screw up again.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alternative view

    Just so you all know, this was not published on the CBC news network website, Canadas national news website, not even in the B.C section. It's just a way to show Canadas justice system as soft, not our fault we try to rehab our prisoner not over populate them in huge privately owned prisons.
    This really isn't news worthy, even fro CNN

    September 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • total non sense

      These kids belong in jail for at least 20 years, have they cars seize and sold to the highes bidder a fine of at least 1 million each and a life time driving ban. . There is no justice in Canada. Canada is actually rewarding CRIMINALS instead of punishing them.

      September 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      20 years in jail for street racing? Dude you are either mentally retarded or at least 65 years old...

      September 6, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • MIke

      It was first reported in a Canadian paper. Risking the lives of others is and should be a crime. Spoiled rich kids driving $100,000 cars and abusing their privilege of unearned wealth should pay a price as well. Blocking public roads for their amusement, racing on public streets... What if they had killed someone? They should have spent a night in jail and had their cars taken away until mommy and daddy bought them new ones.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. smbitterman

    This is ridiculous!! For one thing, these rich punks should be smacked upside the head with a brick for endangering the public (blocking the streets or not, it is endangering the public). And the fine? I had to pay more than that for going 15 miles over the speed limit, not twice the posted speed limit. I would love to see these kids be made to witness their precious toys smashed into pancakes (which would happen if I were in charge). Perposterous!!

    September 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HaoWu

    I see a lot of racist, jealous people here. There's nothing wrong with some under 21 Chinese kids driving these expensive cars. It's not their fault that their parents are smart and hard working Chinese who can afford to buy them these cars while your parents are not. And you Canadians should be grateful to those Chinese students. In addition to expensive tuition, they have to pay a lot of money for living expensive, money that will help your economy.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Your comment is just as stupid as the racist.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • JN

      You should be ashamed haowu for posting your statement. We all know that the vast majority of the rich Chinese families in Vancouver are corrupt government official with the people's money currently living in "exile." They are using the Chinese people's money that they stole to buy themselves mansions abroad and their kids expensive cars. They are hardworking – hardworking criminals that is. They should be brought back to China to face justice. It is my my sincerest wish that they be executed at once.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Digital Compadre

    125 mph? Big deal. That's just cruising in Midnight runs in So Cal. What a joke.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Drew

    125mph is not fast, especially in those cars..If you have been around cars even a little bit you would know 12mph on the highway is not deadly as this article makes it sound.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Senses

    Little history here – On July 1, 1997 the british relinquished Hong Kong back to China, the citizens had the option to stay or leave, many of them came to Canada and many made British Columbia their home. They are canadian citizens.
    To prosecute them without having them clocked on radar, since that stretch of the HWY didn't have cameras would be a waste of funds as they would be all acquitted. As you all know, witness account does is not proof enough on the stand. Some high profile cases south of the border where the 'obvious' took place and defendants were acquitted comes to mind. In the case of the young and spoiled adults, the police knows they don't have a leg to stand on in court. Are they guilty? no doubt ! Is the judicial system flawed ? You bet ! Both in Canada and south of the border.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. TE

    Great, I was one of those irresponsible teenagers in 1962. I drove my new Corvette into a salt water marsh after being dropped by my girlfriend who fell for a Thunderbird. I am 67 now and manged to squander millions on high living and fantastic fun. By the way, all of the squandering put other people to work. Now that I'm virtually broke and having to live on $280,000 per year I am starting to have to let people go. I wish I could hire them back but with no interest income and a sick stock market, where would I get the money? Life's tough!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • JR In Chicago

      Stop whining...

      September 6, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. MIke

    What kind of parent gives kids lamborghini's to drive? Also, they were blocking the road, racing on public streets, etc. These rich kids think they can do whatever they want and get away with it. And they did. If someone had been killed, not a punk kid in an Aston Martin, but a family minding their own business, who would pay for those lives? And who said they were Chinese? That's not in the report.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. ajs

    If they can't be charged because there is no proof, then how can they be given a fine at all? Either they did something illegal or they didn't. BTW, you don't need radar to prove speed. If a car passes a certain point at a particular time and then passes another point, say one mile away, within a certain time, then speed can be measured. E.G. if a car goes one mile in 30 seconds, then it was going 120 MPH.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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