Two teen street racers had their vehicles taken away in Vernon Monday night.
“Just before midnight on April 2, one of our general duty officers from Vernon noticed two vehicles northbound on Hwy. 97 going over the overpass near 27th St at a very high rate of speed,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“Both vehicles appeared to be racing each other,” said Molendyk. “The two vehicles then accelerated reaching speeds in excess of 150 km/h in the 90 zone.”
The police officer activated his emergency equipment. A 1996 grey BMW 318 pulled over and stopped by the weigh scales on the north end of Vernon, according to Molendyk.
“Our officer was able to get the plate number 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,” said Molendyk. “The BMW then drove through the weigh scale lot and headed southbound back into Vernon.”
Molendyk said the BMW and its driver were later located in Vernon by a second officer.
Both drivers are 18 and from Vernon. Both were charged with excessive speeding and both vehicles were impounded for seven days under legislation for street racing.