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North Vancouver RCMP catch driver joyriding friend's car at 180 km/h

You’re still liable for infractions if you borrow someone else’s vehicle, police say
An officer catches a driver for excessively speeding while doing regular laser enforcement on Highway 1 near Lloyd Avenue in North Vancouver. | North Vancouver RCMP

If you take your friend’s car for a high-speed joyride, you’re the one liable for any infractions.

That’s the message from North Vancouver RCMP, after clocking a Lower Mainland driver in his early 20s speeding at 180 kilometres per hour, Monday evening on Highway 1.

At around 11 p.m., a Mountie was conducting regular enforcement with a handheld laser near Lloyd Avenue when he caught the driver flying through the 80 km/h zone.

After being pulled over, the young driver told the officer that he was taking his friend’s car “for a rip,” said Const. Mansoor Sahak, spokesperson for North Vancouver RCMP.

The officer gave the driver a $483 excessive speeding ticket and impounded the vehicle – a Mitsubishi GTO – for seven days.

The driver wasn’t intoxicated, Sahak said.

If you’re borrowing someone’s car, you should be a responsible driver and friend, he added.

“Even if you’re taking your friend’s car, you might find yourself in the crossfire of an officer’s laser,” Sahak said. “Now the owner’s car is gone for seven days.”

As for the driver’s excessive speed, “you’re basically a speeding bullet at that point, on a highway that’s winding and coming to a sharp curve,” he said.