September 23, 2013 - 3:31 PM
VERNON - A novice driver and his car were an accident waiting to happen police discovered after pulling him over for speeding.
On Sept. 21 at about 9:25 p.m. Mounties ordered a westbound 2003 Ford Focus to pull over at 25th Avenue near 39th Street. The car was rocketing at 124 km/h, 74 km/h over the posted speed limit. The 27-year-old Vernon man told police he was speeding because of a strange sound in his tires. On closer inspection, police noticed the tires were bald, well beyond their wear bars. Also, the man was not displaying his novice driver sign. The car was impounded.
When the tow truck driver arrived, he told police the front right coil spring was broken and lying against the inner sidewall of the front right tire where it was cutting a groove.
"This was a high risk for front tire blowout," RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk stated in a press release, "especially at the speed he was travelling."
The man was issued a speeding ticket for $463, another for failing to display his novice driver sign to the tune of $109 and was issued a notice to replace his front tires.
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