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Calgary driver caught illegally racing at 219 km/h near Brooks

Mounties were conducting patrols of Highway 1 near Brooks when they spotted two vehicles racing westbound at high speeds. One was clocked at 219 km/h.

Police say Trans-Canada Highway was wet from rain at the time

A 21-year-old Calgary man has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Calgary police have been cracking down on illegal street-racing within the city, but it seems one driver thought he'd try his luck racing in a less populated area.

A 21-year-old Calgary man was stopped late Saturday near Brooks, where he was clocked at 219 km/h, RCMP said.

Mounties were conducting patrols of Highway 1 at Second Street West when they spotted two vehicles racing westbound at high speeds.

The highway was wet at the time due to rain, police said in a news release Wednesday.

There were two passengers in the vehicle, including a youth, police said. Officers are still investigating the identity of the second driver.

The 21-year-old is charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and is due to appear in Brooks Provincial Court on Oct. 9.

Brooks is approximately 190 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

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