Today’s Northumberland has learned two diplomatic vehicles that were seized and impounded under the Stunt Driving Legislation were released two days earlier than expected – by mistake.
Over the course of July 3/4, 2020 a OPP Highway Safety Division officer charged seven drivers with stunt driving.
One part of the Stunt Driving Legislation is when a vehicle goes 50 kph over the posted speed limit.
On Saturday, July 4, two diplomatic vehicles were clocked at 158 kph in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401, east of the Wesleyville overpass.
The driver’s of both vehicles had their license suspended and the diplomatic vehicles were supposed to be impounded for seven days.
Acting Staff Sgt. Jason Folz told Today’s Northumberland, “the RCMP requested the vehicles be released back to the consulate.”
Folz said dealing and charging driver’s with diplomatic plates is “exceedingly rare.”
“The officer made all the correct enquiries, followed policy and correctly charged the drivers and impounded the vehicles.”
Because it is so rare, a mistake happened and the tow company was told to release the vehicle two days earlier than what the legislation calls for.
Folz said RCMP, “later reversed that decision saying we were correct in impounding the vehicles.”
“So they did receive the vehicles back two days early.”
OPP are working directly with Federal authorities to clarify policies and streamline processes.
“The eligibility for diplomatic immunity remains with Global Affairs Canada. Every situation will be evaluated in a case by case basis depending on the role of the person in the consulate, their assignment at the time and the nature of the alleged offence.“
“In this instance the charges will proceed through the court system.”
Folz wasn’t aware which consulate was involved.