Toronto Driver Charged After Going 140 km/h

Posted by: Kenny Chan onJanuary 9th, 2009

… over the speed limit. Toronto Police stopped the driver on the Don Valley Parkway after he passed a police cruiser going 231km/h in his Mercedes SL600. Normally I wouldn’t blame this driver for wanting to test out his twin turbo V12 on the highway but the incident happened early this morning. Curiously, I decided to check into the DVP traffic cams and as I suspected, the roads are in similar condition as Calgary roads.

John Kowal, 29, of Aurora, is alleged to have passed a police cruiser on the Don Valley Parkway at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday morning at an excessive rate of speed, according to a news release from the Toronto Police Service.

Now, I’m not sure why but in the CBC article I linked to above, they make some stupid comparisons to F1 and Nascar as if that’ll help people understand just how fast this guy was going. Was that really necessary?

Its winter, the roads are slick and the guy was going 231 km/h. I’m pretty sure most people that read the article would have no problem coming to the conclusion that the guy was an idiot.

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  1. Tarrant says:

    Holy Fuck! I would only go that in the summer.

  2. Although I’m not exactly a lover of the new Speed Racing laws in Ontario, but this takes things to the extreme. In my mind, the cop should have in this case taken the guys license off of him and ripped it up on the spot. It is one thing doing 50kph over (street racing under the new law), when you’re traveling in summer weather on a 400 series highway and everyone one else in doing similar speeds (125-130 seems to be the current average speed nowadays), but this guy is a complete and utter idiot, and a danger to everyone out there.

    Mind you, it’s interesting that this involves a young (well fairly) driver, and an expensive sports model. The street racing laws in Ontario are causing all kinds of problems for the youngsters in their tricked out Honda Civics, and yet every time we hear of something major like this, it tends to involve high-end vehicles. I’ve lost count of how many rich kids in “daddies car” have caused problems here in Toronto, and maybe we should be looking at that and giving the young guy in the stock Civic with the loud exhaust a break!

    By the way, in case you’re wondering, I’m a 48 yr old who’s still able to remember what it was like when he was young. Most of the youngsters in their so-called “hot hatchbacks” have stock 4 cylinders in them. My generation enjoyed customizing our rides, as did my fathers generation, so lets give the youngsters a fair shake!

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