Toronto residents charged with stunt driving, related offences

Toronto residents charged with stunt driving, related offences

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Friday March 08, 2013.

Police recently arrested three people within a period of 24 hours in Toronto on allegations of “stunt driving,” a term that means driving at a speed of 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit. These drivers face a variety of driving and traffic offences, but one of the men also faces a charge of impaired driving.

The string of arrests began on the morning of Feb. 24, when a 25-year-old Toronto driver was clocked doing 113 km/h a little after 4:00 a.m. He was charged with impaired driving, and a mere 30 minutes later, a 22-year-old Pickering man was allegedly driving at 144 km/h and was similarly pulled over. He refused to submit to the breath test and was charged for this, as well as for driving with a suspended licence. The following morning at approximately 2:00 a.m., a 37-year-old Toronto man was clocked doing 188 km/h in a 100 km/h zone; police had to give pursuit in order to arrest him for stunt driving. They seized his vehicle and suspended his licence.

All three drivers were charged with stunt driving, and some were charged with additional charges. This charge carries an automatic seven-day suspension of a driver’s licence and a week-long impounding of his or her vehicle. Additional penalties may be imposed based on other conduct of the drivers. The maximum fine for a conviction is $10,000, and a person may serve up to six months in jail.

Toronto police say that of the 38 arrests for stunt driving, five of them also included charges for impaired driving.

When a person is charged with drunk driving, stunt driving or similar offenses, he or she may wish to retain the services of a Toronto criminal defence attorney. A knowledgeable attorney may be able to challenge the allegations or help mitigate the consequences of the harsh penalties associated with such charges.

Source: The Globe and Mail, “Toronto police stop man driving 188 km/h on highway,” Timothy Appleby, Feb. 25, 2013

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