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Driver in West Vancouver caught speeding in new McLaren

Last Updated Jun 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm PDT

The McLaren was going 161 km an hour in a 80 zone. (Source: West Vancouver Police Department/Handout)

The 39-year-old was caught going over 160 kilometres an hour in a 90 zone

The car was towed and impounded for seven days

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man from Coquitlam is allowed to drive his supercar again after getting busted going more than 160 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on Highway 1 in West Vancouver.

The 39-year-old driver told police when he got pulled over, he’d only had the 2019 McLaren 600LT supercar for a few minutes.

“The driver had mentioned this vehicle was new to them and they had been driving it for no more than 10 minutes prior to being stopped by police,” explains Constable Kevin Goodmurphy.

The man was pulled over about 10 p.m. on June 17th.

Goodmurphy isn’t sure what the man was thinking but adds it’s pretty straightforward — don’t speed and the police won’t take your car away. “Anytime anybody chooses to speed excessively it puts everyone at risk on the road, including the driver and everyone around them. These types of speeds are very dangerous.”

The driver was also given a speeding ticket worth $368 and if he gets caught again, the punishment will be worse.

“Under provincial legislation it’s a bit of a sliding scale as far as enforcement action goes. In the first instance, when a vehicle is stopped for excessive speeding, the officer can impound the vehicle for a period of seven days. Anytime after that the vehicle can be held for longer — that depends and often it’s up to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to make that decision. So, if this driver is caught speeding excessively again, there’s a chance the penalty could increase.”

Goodmurphy explains officers across the region tend to see cases like this during the summer.

“With nicer weather at this time of the year, we do see more vehicles on the road in general and then often there are vehicles that are brought out of hibernation, if you will, that have been kept under lock and key over the winter. These vehicles are often very expensive vehicles, high-performance vehicles that drivers only like to drive on nice days. So, this time of year we do see an increase in these types of vehicles on the roads which can sometimes mean more types of offences when it comes to excessive speed.”

He says they’ll be keeping monitoring the roads even closer heading into the long weekend to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.