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Old 09-03-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default Police grab $2 million worth of cars after Canadian street race



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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
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/02...n-street-race/
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:56 AM   #2
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Is the 2012 Nissan GTR even available?
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:23 AM   #4
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Don't be such a hoser, eh.

The sad thing is if they did tow these vehicles they are probably going to get stuck with some expensive damage claims.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:29 AM   #5
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It seems a good lawyer would have a field day with this.

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Go back to whatever hole you climbed out of. I know you've been here less than a year and all but tricking the filters isn't kosher and Avanti has contributed more to this site than you possibly ever could.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:31 AM   #6
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I bet their parents beat their asses when they get home for racing in their cars without permission.

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Old 09-03-2011, 11:37 AM   #7
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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.
Then how can they be certain it was me without hard evidence. The witnesses could have been high on crack and seeing things as far as I know. This is bull**** officer!
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:19 PM   #8
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Then how can they be certain it was me without hard evidence. The witnesses could have been high on crack and seeing things as far as I know. This is bull**** officer!
Police aren't required to personally witness an act of lawbreaking to address the situation.
Ordinary citizens are able to act as witnesses and law enforcement can utilize their statements to write tickets and/or make arrests.

Any situation where police are called after the fact falls into that category.
For example, if you were to be walking down the street and somebody sticks a gun to your ribs and robs you of your wallet then jumps into a car and drives away. You call the police, give a statement, and hopefully the police can make an arrest based on the description and tag number of the getaway vehicle.

Please don't call BS on an officer without thinking things thru.
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