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.