Toronto BMW Speeder Convicted

Posted August 21, 2010 by in News | 5 comments

A young man who bragged online about driving through a residential neighbourhood at more than 100 km/h over the speed limit was convicted of careless driving, police said Tuesday.

Vladimir Rigenco, 19, went onto the “5 Series” forum for BMW fans and “described in detail driving his 2006 BMW M5S on Apple Blossom Dr. in Vaughan 100 km/h in excess of the speed limit,” a York Regional Police press release said Tuesday.

“He was quickly lambasted by other members of the online community who proved themselves responsible by not encouraging the suspect’s behaviour — in fact they advised him to slow down and be more cautious.”

An American man who saw the message on the website called police April 9. That kicked off an investigation that culminated in the arrest of Rigenco on April 16.

Rigenco was sentenced Thursday to a six-month driving prohibition, 12 months probation and $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to careless driving.

Rigenco’s driving “is no joke,” police said. “High rates of speed dramatically increase the possibility of death or serious injury to the driver, innocent passengers, other motorists and pedestrians.

“Incidents involving young drivers are especially troubling as the level of driving experience is low and the ability to react to a dangerous situation is compromised by the driver’s inexperience.”