Ontario man charged with driving 221 km/h in York Region

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Ontario man charged with driving 221 km/h in York Region
Ontario man charged with driving 221 km/h in York Region

A 19-year-old Brampton driver faces stunt driving-related charges after Ontario Provincial Police allegedly clocked his vehicle at 221 km/h west of Newmarket early Tuesday.

The OPP Highway Safety Division tweeted that the driver had been stopped near Hwy. 400 southbound at Hwy. 9 around 12:50 a.m.

“He didn’t provide any excuse,” Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said. “Just after midnight, going down the 400, clocked at 221 km/h.

“Officers were doing speed enforcement overnight and that was the most egregious speed that came across. They hadn’t seen a speed like that for a while.”

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Schmidt said the stunt-driving charge carries with it under the Highway Traffic Act an automatic licence suspension, vehicle impoundment, and penalties that can go up to $10,000, “but that’s up to the courts to the decide.”

“We’re only getting ready for spring and summer-type weather, people putting on their summer tires, thinking the highways are their open freeway,” said Schmidt. “Certainly, it’s not that.”

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