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UPDATE: Four men's vehicles impounded for street racing

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Four young male drivers, residents of Burnaby and Coquitlam, have had their high-end vehicles impounded after being stopped by police for street racing and excessive speeding early Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m. a Port Mann Freeway Patrol officer was monitoring traffic on Highway 1 at Gaglardi Way in Burnaby when he heard several high-performance vehicles speeding westbound. He estimated they were travelling at about 140 km/h in the posted 80 km/h construction zone, said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter Thiessen in a press release.

The officer activated his emergency equipment and followed the suspect vehicles, catching up to them at the Cassiar Tunnel, where the speed limit is 70 km/h. He had paced all four vehicles at more than 160 km/h in that zone.

When the suspect divers noticed the patrol car, they slowed to a near stop, allowing the officer to pass them safely, blocking access to the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.

All four vehicles were registered to their drivers, who were issued $483-tickets for excessive speeding and had their cars impounded for seven days.

"A report has been forwarded to the Provincial Government Civil Forfeiture Office for consideration and decision regarding the permanent forfeiture of all four vehicles," Thiessen said.

Three of the four were new drivers required to follow certain regulations, including displaying an "N", and had previous driving prohibitions.

The first was a 2011 BMW M3 driven by a 22-year-old man with a previous driving prohibition from Dec. 29, 2010 to March 29, 2011.

The second was a 2009 Subaru Impreza operated by a 23-year-old man, with previous prohibitions from Aug. 29 to Oct. 29, 2008 and from Oct. 7, 2010 to Jan. 7, 2011.

The third was a 2010 Nissan 370Z driven by a 21-year-old man with a previous prohibition from Feb. 4 to Aug. 4, 2010.

The fourth vehicle, a 2008 Porsche Cayman was driven by a 22-year-old man with a Class 5 drivers licence.

"These drivers made a very poor choice resulting in the loss of their vehicles and significant fines," said Thiessen. "They appear to have had a disregard for the public's safety as well as their own."

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