It’s no longer life in the fast lane for the driver of a Ferrari who will be heading to court after being caught going more than three times the legal speed limit on the Lions Gate Bridge.
West Vancouver Police say they have impounded the white supercar, after it was clocked going 210 km/h northbound on the bridge in the early hours of the morning.
The posted speed limit on the Lions Gate is 60 km/h.
“I don’t think you can overstate how catastrophic this could be if you’re talking about a vehicle impacting anything at a speed in excess of 200 km/h,” said West Vancouver Police Cst. Jeff Palmer. “So much potential. And just so restricted in terms of the driver’s ability to come over the crest of the bridge and react to almost anything.”
WATCH: Ferrari clocked at 210 km/hour on Lions Gate Bridge
He said when the driver was pulled over at the north end of the bridge, the officer made a surprising discovery which prompted him to issue a court summons rather than a ticket.
“This same officer dealt with the same driver for an excessive speed allegation in April. In that circumstance it was a speed of 130 kilometres per hour.”
Palmer said the driver is a 22-year-old West Vancouver resident who has at least three serious speeding infractions.
The driver is due in court in September to face Motor Vehicle Act charges of excessive speed and driving without due care and attention.
Palmer said that court appearance could result in a licence suspension or heftier than normal fines, if the driver is found guilty.
In B.C., exceeding the speed limit by more than 60 km/h comes with a fine of $483, driving without due care carries a penalty of $368, and a tow and impound costs about $210.
LISTEN: Ferrari impounded after vehicle clocked at 210 km/h on Lions Gate Bridge
The vehicle, a white 2015 Ferrari 458, has been impounded for seven days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program.
“I think the court will be able to levy a significant penalty. Whether or not it’s jail time, that will be up to the court,” Mike Farnworth, an NDP MLA-elect who served as justice critic.
“Certainly this individual should be facing a stiff penalty, particularly losing their driving privilege for a very, very long time or the car is [impounded permanently], maybe even crushed if he’s sent the bill.”
Depending on options, Autotrader.ca lists its value as somewhere between $300,000 and $700,000.
— With files from Jon Azpiri
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