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Ferrari leadfoot charged

A 22 year-old man has been charged under the Motor Vehicles Act after allegedly driving his Ferrari 150 km/h over the speed limit.

West Vancouver police said Monday that Yihao Wang, 22, has been charged with excessive speeding after he was clocked at 210 km/h going across the Lions Gate Bridge. 

"The officer, rather than issue a violation ticket and offer the driver the option of paying the ticket, taking the fine, really felt it was important given the nature of the allegations to take it to court, have it heard directly by a justice of the peace and allow for that broader range of penalty options," Const. Jeff Palmer said.

The posted speed limit on the bridge connecting Vancouver and the North Shore is 60 km/h but drops to 50 as northbound drivers enter the off-ramp area, meaning the vehicle was travelling between 150 and 160 km/h over the limit.

The 2015 Ferrari 458 was initially impounded for seven days, but officials decided to extend it to 60 days. Wang was also given a 16-month driving suspension.

They said at the time that the driver was known to police, having been pulled over for excessive speed on the same bridge in April.

"This is a very serious set of allegations. Excessive speed is always a concern for us, especially in an urban environment… where there may be restricted views due to rises in the road or restricted views due to curves," Palmer said.

"Drivers that travel well over the posted speed limit are exposing themselves to situations that can come up unexpectedly and leave them with next to no, or no time to appropriately react and safely react."

Wang is scheduled to appear in a North Vancouver courtroom on September 13.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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