B.C. driver charged with stunt driving near Thunder Bay

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THUNDER BAY — A B.C. driver has been charged with stunt driving after Ontario Provincial Police witnessed a vehicle travelling 80 kilometres over the posted speed limit on Wednesday evening.

Thunder Bay OPP stopped the vehicle on Highway 17, Robson Township on the Raith Flats west of Shabaqua for excessive speeding on March 17 shortly after 6 p.m., according to a news release.

The suspect vehicle was travelling 170 kilometres in the posted 90 kilometre speed limit zone, police say. As a result, the driver, a 32-year-old male from Alder Grove, B.C., was charged with stunt driving.

Police say he was also served a provincial summons to attend court and issued a seven-day driver’s licence suspension and the vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.

OPP say stunt driving in Ontario carries a minimum penalty of $2,000 for a first time offence but the fine can rise to $10,000.

Charged persons could also face up to six months in jail and receive a two-year licence suspension.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source