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

TERRACE, BC: On August 25, 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, eastbound 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.

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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