Police say new driver caught street racing at nearly 200 km/h
A 22-year-old new driver has been dinged with a $486 fine after police allegedly clocked him street racing at almost 100 kilometres over the speed limit through Metro Vancouver.
The young man, who is still in B.C.’s graduated licensing program, was first spotted zooming down Highway 1 through Surrey in a 2008 Infiniti G37 early Thursday morning.
Mounties said a traffic officer started following the car after catching it going 140 kilometres an hour near the 152nd Street off-ramp, only for the driver to accelerate even faster for an apparent race with another vehicle.
“As the officer attempted to close the distance between himself and the Infiniti, he noted that this vehicle appeared to be jockeying for side by side position with a second vehicle,” the RCMP said in a release.
The cars eventually hit a recklessly dangerous 197 km/h in a 100-kilometre zone, according to Mounties.
One driver escaped off the 176th Street off-ramp, but the Infiniti was pulled over near the 192nd Street exit.
The driver, an Abbotsford resident, was ticketed for excessive speeding, handed a 15-day driving ban, and his car was impounded for a week.
Investigators are searching for witnesses who can help identify the second vehicle involved in the apparent street race.
Anyone who was going down Highway 1 from 152nd Street to 176th Street around 1:20 a.m. Thursday is asked to call the Port Mann Traffic Services at 604-526-9744.