Speeder hits 200 km/h

OPP say it may be record for local driver nabbed by police

Trevor Wilhelm, Windsor Star
Published: Friday, April 11, 2008

KINGSVILLE, CANADA - A Kingsville man temporarily lost his Corvette and his licence Wednesday after police caught him driving on a rural road at 200 km/h -- the highest area OPP officers remember.

It was 120 km/h over the posted speed limit.

"This is extreme speed, for an excuse of being late for work," said OPP Const. Janet Hayes. "Just unacceptable. That's 120 kilometres over the speed limit. The officer got him on radar at 139 kilometres. Then he sped up. The officer is pacing him, and he has his lights on because he doesn't stop immediately. He finally stops and says 'Oh yah, I'm late for work.'"

A Kingsville officer clocked the driver around noon Wednesday on Road 3 West. The speed limit is 80 km/h. After the officer clocked him, the driver sped up, said Hayes. The officer pulled out to stop him, and the Corvette kept going.

The officer chased the Corvette, which reached speeds of 200 km/h before eventually stopping at the intersection of County Road 23.

John Cervini, 37, of Erie Street in Leamington, is charged with street racing.

Police also suspended his licence for seven days and impounded his car.

"We've seen a lot of fatal crashes in that area," said Hayes. "Travelling at that rate of speed, if you were to collide with anything, it wouldn't be pretty. This high rate of speed on a county road where you have children, you have other motorists and the ditches are very deep -- for the safety of other motorists and children, we're very upset about that."


This wasn't the first high-miler police have caught on area roads. Last month, OPP caught someone doing 171 km/h in a posted 60-km/h zone on County Road 43 in Tecumseh. Hayes said they also recently caught someone else doing 187 km/h in a 50-km/h zone.

In a crackdown Wednesday, Windsor police nabbed a driver going 144 km/h on the E.C. Row Expressway. On Tuesday, they also caught someone doing 120 km/h on South National Street, where the speed limit is 50 km/h.

twilhelm@thestar.canwest.com or 519-255-5777, ext. 642