Scott Schurink, who was on Canada's Worst Driver, charged with speeding
Accused already known to Calgary police because of his appearance on reality TV show
A Calgary man who police say was caught speeding along Stoney Trail early Sunday morning says he is "innocent until proven guilty."
Police say Scott Schurink, who was once featured on the show Canada's Worst Driver, was allegedly driving 176 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. He now faces several other charges including driving with a suspended licence and operating an unregistered vehicle.
"It's a reckless choice," said Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey. "It's totally irresponsible."
Stacey says Schurink been known to police since 2010 when he appeared on the reality TV program.
"We were notified of him when he was actually on that show, and we've been aware of him ever since," said Sgt. Stacey.
On Canada's Worst Driver, Scott Schurink was quoted as saying:
- "If I'm driving drunk, then the cruise control is set."
- "I'm a good drunk driver."
- "I've driven well over 200 kilometres per hour."
- "I've been suspended several time and I've never actually stopped driving."
Schurink said he was not happy with how he was portrayed on the show, and still receives negative mail.
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In a post on his Facebook page, Schurink said police are "trying to punish the world for himself being a loser."
"So to all you haters out there, believe everything you see on TV, be as gullible as city police, or call and hear the straight story over a coffee with the real normal guy," he wrote.
Schurink left his cellphone number at the end of the post, and signed off as "driving specialist."
Police have impounded the vehicle caught speeding on Sunday for the next 30 days and Schurink now faces several mandatory court dates.
"This fellow wasn't the only one we caught that night," said Sgt. Stacey.
He says a roving team of traffic cops were out targeting other high-speed locations in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning, including Glenmore Trail, Barlow Trail and the airport tunnel.
"[It's a] favourite one for people to go racing through, because I guess they like the sound reverberating off walls."
Sgt. Stacey says police pulled over two impaired drivers that evening, one going 144 km/h and another going 167 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.