Two of three drivers whose high-end cars were impounded by police on April 7 did not have driver’s licences, according to the RCMP’s Lower Mainland District Traffic Services.
The three drivers were stopped on Sunday after police received reports of their vehicles racing along Highway 1 between Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford and 264 Street in Langley at estimated speeds of between 130 and 160 km/h.
“We received reports that the vehicles were weaving through traffic and using the right-hand shoulder to overtake other cars,” said Cpl. Rob McDonald.
Officers with Port Mann Traffic Services staged themselves on the 176th Street off-ramp and stopped a black 2013 Porsche Panamera, a white 2012 BMW 750 (below) and a white 2013 BMW M5 (left).
All three cars were impounded for seven days, and the drivers – two age 19 and one age 20 – were issued 15-day driving bans, $196 tickets for disobeying highway signs, and $368 tickets for driving without consideration.
McDonald said only one of the drivers was in possession of a valid learner’s licence, and the other two were unlicensed.
The driver with the learner’s licence was also ticketed for not having the “L” displayed on his car, and for not having a licensed driver in the vehicle with him.
McDonald said none of the drivers was the registered owner of the vehicles, but the cars were not stolen. Two of the drivers are from Richmond, and one is from Vancouver.
He said the driving ban is issued, even when a driver is unlicensed, because it is reported to the superintendent of motor vehicles. Then, if the person applies for a driver’s licence, there is a record of the kind of behaviour they previously exhibited.
McDonald said police were concerned not just about the speed of the vehicles, but with the erratic behaviour of the drivers.
Loose gravel, glass and other debris can gather on the shoulder of the freeway, causing a challenge for even an experienced driver, McDonald said.
“The possibility of (the drivers) losing control at that point was extreme and it could have been a lot worse,” he said, questioning what would had happened if another driver had to pull over to the shoulder due to an emergency.
Police are asking for any witnesses to the incident to contact the Port Mann Traffic Services at 604-526-9744 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.