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Lamborghini Gallardo sold by B.C. Government in supercar street racing seizure

Posted Jan 11th 2012 6:29PM


Last year we ran the story of over $2 million dollars worth of supercars being seized in an alleged street racing incident. While no officers witnessed the actual events, motorists along highway 99 outside Vancouver, British Columbia called in complaints that several high end vehicles were traveling in excess of 200 km/h. While most people have no objections to punishing those who break the law, other than hearsay there was no evidence to charge the pack of thirteen drivers who were all under the age of 21.

However, the B.C. government still pursued the drivers by trying to seize five of the vehicles involved with the ambiguous Civil Forfeiture Act. And their half-baked scheme has partially worked since one of the Lamborghini Gallardos involved has been sold for an undisclosed amount of money after an apparent mutual agreement with the owner (read: Daddy didn't feel like spending more than the car is worth on legal fees).

According to Phil Tawtel, acting executive director of B.C.'s Civil Forfeiture Office, the other four cases are still pending and "additional information came to light while the cases were ongoing."

Whether you agree or not, this power of seizure exercise isn't the first (or last) time it will pop up here in Canada. In 2010, a $235,000 Ferrari was impounded after a street race and was eventually forfeited under the Civil Forfeiture Act. Click past the jump to check out some of the inventory that might soon be property of the province after an exhaustive and expensive legal battle.

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Eric MacCuaig

I think to be confiscated and sold with out police actually seeing it ( dash cams ) is BS yes i think suspended or lost license plus fine is understood but odds are these aren't there vehicle there probably daddy's. what happened to the days where you did something you got a warning and then they told your dad and then he slapped some sense into you ( i know abuse blah blah lol ) respect has almost disappeared these days. i only have a sun fire but if i had it seized and crushed or no way of getting it back you might swell put me a way for murder i would kill someone. as a enthusiast to crush someones car is personal. this is just so the goverment gets more money its not necessary.\yes there should be punishment but this is over the top something else should be put together.

January 12 2012 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

sometimes there is criminal justice after all

January 12 2012 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Meh. I couldn't care less. As long as the cars aren't crushed. At least they'll find a new home, and a bunch of douche bag kids (we all know they did it), will be without a hyper-powered exotic car.

January 11 2012 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ezmo's comment

You nailed it. Things worked out better than expected.

January 12 2012 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I might not agree with street racing, I condone this crown/police action less. Communist governments pick people up and confiscate property on the basis of third party witness accounts. This is no different. I am embarrassed to be a British Colombian today. I hope the other parties fight and win.

January 11 2012 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply