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. Tha Chikin

    These idiots have been watching too many movies. The street is not the place for this kind of stuff... take it to the track! All it takes is a few minutes to search the internet to find one.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • TheDude

      Yes, feel the adrenaline rush as you race around an elipse 500 times! Exciting! /sarcasm.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      TheDude – Umm... there are racing courses. Much safe than running on the street. No matter what, it isn't worth killing someone just to feel a few g-forces and have a little adrenaline rush.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      Excuse me... road racing courses.

      Apparently I can type faster than the internet.

      September 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chan

    Were they Asian?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. danny

    that's more than $2mil worth of cars there

    September 2, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Crow

    my ford edge does 210 km top end factory lol, let's bring it on...

    September 2, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. fundies

    I didn't realize Canadians knew how to drive.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I didn't realize Americans knew how to spell

      September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. NoTags

    How can they even be prosecuted just on witness statements?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. George

    What!!! No Porsche? I'd have thought that the Canadians have better taste in cars : – )
    I've been to Vancouver a few times and saw lots of nice sports car gathered on a mall parking lot. I bet that these are the same group of yuppies.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • twogun

      No it would be the White Stains of those yuppies who got busted..

      September 2, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Elmeaux

    How did the RCMP ever catch them on horseback??

    September 2, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmyk

      LOL The RCMP added roller skates on their horses so they can move faster.

      Shiiiiiiiit I wish I had one of these cars at 20.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dogbite

    If the police did not see them, or clock them on radar – how does anyone know they were going 125MPH?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmyk

      With cars like those they were probably going over 160 MPH. I'm pretty sure they just charged them with reckless driving or whatever the Canadians call it because they only have witness statements as to how fast they were going.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    This headline is completely false. It makes you think that Police DID knab 2 million dollars in cars... not "They could of knabbed". I am losing more and more respect for journalist every day.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Elmeaux

      Could of knabbed? How about "Could have nabbed"? I'm afraid journalists are losing respect for you, too, Andrew.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Yugo

    Zoom Zoom. . . . . .

    September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. ARock

    My Bugaiti Veryon SS Would have taken all of those punk ass kids out!

    September 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      Yeah, and I'm sure you keep it parked beside your Gulfstream 550 and use it for picking up your supermodel wife, right?

      September 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizerd

      My Aero TT begs to differ !

      September 5, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jose

    Hot cars, sounds like fun! So if they werent registered owners of the cars, they were their parents cars I assume? Since when does Canada have a long enough season without snow to make it worth owning these cars?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • eugmeister

      Hmmm, you must be American. Since you've never been to Vancouver (known to be one of the best places to live in the world), you should know our weather is much like Seattle's (150miles south)......more rain than snow, much better weather than the rest of Canada. Come visit,....you'll like it!

      September 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wiggles

    Wait, they were under 21? And driving exotic cars?

    September 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • jay-b

      drug lords i say, drug lords!

      September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • PCola Vet

      They have obviously well off parents, and obviously STUPID parents for buying them those types of vehicles in the first place.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Bennett

      spoiled rotten by rich parents no doubt. Kids need to spend a month in a slum.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • bc

      Kids of rich Asian parents. Lots of off shore money planted in Vancouver.

      September 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jay-b

    what no civic? this aint fast and the furious

    September 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Civics are for nipper lovers.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • TT

      LOL. good one.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • omg r u serious

      Civics are freakin' lawnmovers!!!

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