Street racer busted 2 days after getting license back
Police say a man driving at speeds of 160 kilometres per hour down Highway 1 had just had his license reinstated days earlier. (CTV)
CTV British Columbia
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:08PM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:18PM PST
Police have caught a driver recklessly barreling down Highway 1 just days after his license was reinstated.
A man driving a 2010 Audi was going more than 160 kilometres per hour before he was pulled over Friday between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, Abbotsford police said.
“It’s tremendously dangerous, we’re talking about an extraordinarily high speed,” said Const. Ian MacDonald.
What officers discovered left them even more surprised.
“This driver in fact only got his license back on the Wednesday,” MacDonald said.
“So I don’t think we would categorize that as repentant, when you have a driver who you would think would be exercising extreme caution having just been given his driver’s license back, and instead he’s flying at high speeds down Highway 1 on a Friday night.”
CTV News has learned the 20-year-old driver was Xiao Qiang Zhang.
Zhang was allegedly involved in a high speed road race in August 2011, when 13 vehicles including a Lamborghini, Maserati and Ferrari were racing along Highway 99.
Court documents reveal a driver by the same name received several driving infractions including having no front plate or “N” displayed on his car in February 2011, and speeding and unsafe lane change in March.
In August he was charged with driving without reasonable consideration in relation to the Highway 99 incident. His next court date is slated for May.
Last November, he failed to dispute one of his tickets. His license was returned on Feb. 13 after the March 2011 charges were dismissed.
Zhang, who is not the registered owner of the Audi pulled over last week, was issued a violation for excessive speeding. The car has been impounded.
The superintendent of motor vehicles will decide whether or not Zhang will be able to drive again.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Julia Foy