A 49-year-old Langley man told police he was just testing his Ferrari when it was clocked last Saturday in Surrey going more than 100 km/h over the posted limit.
The man was pulled over without incident by the Fraser Valley Integrated Road Safety Unit as the vehicle was traveling southbound on 176 Street and 32 Avenue.
Officers were surprised to discover a child in the car.
What’s more, the driver was aware it was the same intersection that was the scene of a horrific crash last April that claimed five members of the same family.
“He remembered that crash,” said Cpl. Robert McDonald of “E” Division RCMP traffic services.
The man told police he’d purchased the grey 2005 Ferrari F30 a few days earlier and was “just testing it out,” McDonald said.
The driver was fined $483 – the maximum penalty under the Motor Vehicle Act for excessive speed – and the vehicle has been impounded for a week.
The incident occurred at 6:50 p.m. April 19, nearly a year to the week after a Dodge Caravan ran a red light and collided with a northbound car, claiming the lives of three generations of the same family. A sixth person later died in hospital.
Recently, there have been a number of incidents involving drivers in high-end cars traveling at excessive speeds, but this one seems “extreme,” McDonald said.
The time of day, the speed, the fact that there was a young person in the vehicle, and the location make this incident even more shocking, he said.
He said the Ferrari appeared as “a blur” coming towards traffic unit members, who pulled the car over and later confirmed the Ferrari was traveling at 181 km/h in an 80 zone.
McDonald implored people to be more responsible on the road.
“People say, ‘I’m a good driver,'” McDonald said. “You may be able to handle your car, but think of the other drivers. What happens if the person next to you is on a cell phone and isn’t paying attention and swerves in to your lane, or goes through a red light?”
At that speed, he said, “there’s absolutely no chance.”
There were no other witnesses to the incident, meaning the driver will suffer no other penalty other than the fine and will be able to pick up his car after seven days.
“In this case, if we had other evidence, it could have been different,” he said.