Driver, 39, has his new $240k McLaren impounded for speeding 10 MINUTES after buying it from a dealership in Vancouver
- Police spotted a 2019 McLaren 600LT speeding in West Vancouver on June 17
- The supercar was racing at more than 99mph in a 56mph zone
- The driver, 39, from Coquitlam, told police during a traffic stop that he had just left the dealership 10 minutes earlier
- His $240k car was towed and impounded for seven days and he got a $368 fine
A 39-year-old driver in West Vancouver enjoyed his new McLaren supercar for a total of 10 minutes before it was impounded by police.
A traffic patrol spotted the 2019 McLaren 600LT speeding westbound on Highway 1 shortly after 10 p.m. on June 17.
The high-end vehicle’s speed was clocked at more than 99 miles per hour in a 56 miles per hour zone, police said.
The driver of this 2019 McLaren 600LT was pulled over for speeding on June 17, just minutes after he bought the $240k supercar
West Vancouver police said: ‘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’
The driver from Coquitlam told police that he had just left the car dealership a few minutes earlier.
His new ride retails for around US$240,000.
‘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,’ Constable Kevin Goodmurphy of West Vancouver Police told CityNews.
The car was towed and impounded for seven days.
‘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,’ Goodmurphy said.
The driver was also issued a $368 violation ticket, a fact that drew ire from Twitter users.
The fact that the $240k supercar’s owner was fined $368 drew ire from Twitter users
Internet users commented that the driver of the high-end ride would not be deterred by such a small fine
Several people tweeted that the driver should have received a bigger ticket for speeding his McLaren
One person tweeted: ‘I guess the owner can afford the ticket.’
Another posted: ‘I find it ridiculous to think that a driver fined $368 for excessive speeding after spending $240,000 on the car is going to be scared, deterred or consider their offence seriously.’
‘Fines should be based on income. The $368 will do nothing to deter this individual,’ another user wrote.
Speeding also comes with three penalty points plus a driver risk premium, which translates to a $384 hit on the driver’s insurance.
The man is now allowed to drive his supercar again, but ‘if this driver is caught speeding excessively again, there’s a chance the penalty could increase,’ Constable Goodmurphy said.
The officer said owners of luxury rides may be more likely to take their supercars out for spin in the summer weather, but traffic patrols aren’t taking a vacation.