It can happen to the best of us. You think, this is the one, I’ve made it, this is the one I’m going to spend the rest of my life with.
You get all excited for the big day, choosing a nice outfit and planning where to go first. You’ve worked hard to get here and just can’t wait to go out together, exploring new areas you’ve never been to, both physically and emotionally.
But then, just 10 minutes into the whole thing, the pressure has got to you, you’ve blown it way too early and the police are driving you home because you ragged it too hard down some back lane in Canada.
This is the news a man was pulled over and had his brand new, $250,000 car impounded just 10 minutes after purchasing it because he was doing 161km/h (100mph) in a 90km/h (55mph) zone.
According to West Vancouver police, a man from Coquitlam was pulled over on Highway 1 earlier this week for excessive speeding in a 2019 McLaren 600LT supercar, which has a starting price of US$256,500.
In a statement, police said, via CTV News:
While the officer was conducting the investigation, the driver allegedly stated that they had just left the dealership after purchasing the vehicle, 10 minutes prior.
Some people might suggest 10 minutes was fairly respectable…
Unfortunately for the owner, the car was towed from the scene and impounded for seven days. The 39-year-old driver also had to pay a $368 fine.
Constable Kevin Goodmurphy said:
Any time a vehicle speeds it increases the chances of catastrophic events. It can affect the driver, as well as the people around the driver. So when people are travelling at these extreme high rates of speed, your reaction time, to react to other drivers on the road, is significantly limited. So it’s not so much about the driver’s abilities or perceived abilities, so much as it is about having to react to other drivers on the road.
Vancouver police added:
While we get closer to the July long-weekend, which typically means more vehicles on the road, West Vancouver Police want to remind everyone to obey all speed limits and drive responsibly.
Drive safely, everyone.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.