A case of street racing has led to a pair of Vernon teenagers having their vehicles impounded.
RCMP officer noticed two vehicles northbound on Highway 97, shortly before midnight Monday, going over the 27th Street overpass at a very high rate of speed, and the officer noted that the vehicles appeared to be racing each other.
“The two vehicles then accelerated, reaching speeds in excess of 150 km/h in the 90 zone,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Our officer activated his emergency equipment.”
One of the vehicles, a 1996 grey BMW 318, pulled over and stopped by the weigh scales. The officer was able to get the plate number of the Beamer as he went by and continued on past, and stopped and dealt with the driver of the 2000 GMC Sierra pick up that was also involved.
“The BMW then drove through the weigh scale lot and headed southbound back into Vernon,” said Molendyk.
The Beamer and the driver were later located in Vernon by a second officer.
Both drivers are 18, from Vernon, and they have been charged with excessive speeding.
The two vehicles have been impounded for seven days under the legislation for street racing.