British Columbia

Accused B.C. street racer's driving ban overturned

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has overturned the driving suspension handed to a B.C. man following an alleged street race involving 13 luxury cars last summer.

Lawyer argues client targeted based on race, age, car

Lawyer John Chak says his client may have been targeted because he was a young Chinese man driving an expensive car. (CBC)

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has overturned the driving suspension handed to a B.C. man following an alleged street race involving 13 luxury cars last summer.

Cheng Jie Wang was one of 13 people allegedly seen street racing on Highway 99 in the Metro Vancouver area on Aug. 31. The high-profile incident involved Lamborghinis, Maseratis, a Ferrari and several other high-end cars worth a total of more than $2 million.

Witnesses told police the cars were weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, but Justice Mark McEwan said the officer's report does nothing but recount hearsay, and said there is no evidence that Wang committed an infraction of any kind.

McEwan ruled it was arbitrary and completely unreasonable to revoke Wang's licence for two years on the level of proof provided by police.

"He was driving normally he was not racing," said John Chak, Wang's lawyer.

"I mean, he was not driving like a jerk. He's just a guy, a normal guy like any other guy driving in his car that day. There's no evidence to say that he was racing or driving like a jerk."

Chak believes Wang and his friends may have been targeted by witnesses and police because they are young Chinese people driving expensive cars.

Wang, who is in his early 20s, was driving a 2007 Ferrari 599, a car worth more than $200,000.

"Seeing these young Chinese kids driving these cars that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and people kind of got jealous and called the cops," Chak said.

"And then the cops didn't care they didn't have enough evidence, but they just wanted to issue these tickets to these guys anyway."

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