Tow truck sent to impound Terrace street-racing vehicles is itself impounded

John Crawford
08/28/2020

A tow-truck, sent to impound two cars for street racing in Terrace, was itself towed away and its driver ticketed for suspected impaired driving.

Terrace RCMP say that on Tuesday night at around 8pm,  a couple of vehicles were pulled over after racing down Keith Avenue from Kalum Street to the Thornhill Roundabout, reaching speeds estimated at around 90 kilometres an hour.

The Integrated Road Safety Unit says at one point, both cars had to slam on their brakes to avoid colliding with a transport truck that was entering the highway.

The drivers were ticketed and a tow truck was called in to impound their vehicles -- but the officer noticed the tow truck driver was exhibiting signs of impairment.

The driver failed his roadside breath test and was handed a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition, and the tow truck was impounded for 30 days.

It was hauled away by a different towing company.

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Tow truck impounded after arriving at scene to impound cars for street racing

Terrace, Traffic Services

2020-08-27 13:36 PDT

 

Under the heading of rare comes this story out of Terrace, BC:

On August 25th, 2020 at approximately 8:00 PM a member of the Integrated Road Safety Unit based in Terrace was on patrol when he observed two vehicles engaged in a street race from Kalum Street at Keith Avenue, east bound to the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 37, a distance of nearly two kilometres. The officer estimated the speeds of both vehicles to be in excess of 90 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone. At one point both cars had to slam on their brakes to avoid colliding with a transport truck that was entering the roadway.

The officer stopped both vehicles, ticketed both drivers and impounded both cars for street racing under provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act of BC. The officer called for a tow truck to attend to take both cars to the impound yard for 7 days.

When the tow truck arrived on scene, the officer noted that its operator was exhibiting signs of impairment and demanded the operator provide a mandatory breath test into a roadside instrument under provisions of the Criminal Code. The operator blew a Fail indicating his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit. The operator was subsequently served a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition from driving. The tow truck was impounded for 30 days by a different towing company.

This is another example of the work being done by officers from BC RCMP Traffic Services across the province in the effort to keep our streets and highways safe for all motorists.

BC RCMP Traffic Services reminds all motorists to drive defensively, obey speed limits, wear seatbelts, drive sober and distraction-free every time you get behind the wheel.
 

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