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A 19-year-old Vaughan man has been charged and convicted for dangerous driving after bragging on a BMW web forum that he hit 140 km/h in a 40 km/h residential zone.

"I gotta admit, I cant stop racing with this car," he wrote.

Vladimir Rigenco pleaded guilty to one charge of careless driving after his arrest last Thursday. He is barred from driving for six months, enrolled in a remedial driving program and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

In April, an American user contacted York Regional Police to report Mr. Rigenco's comments, posted in a forum on the 5series.net BMW fansite. Mr. Rigenco had written that after coming home from the gym, he accelerated his 2006 BMW M5 to 100 km/h above the speed limit on Apple Blossom Drive, which is marked 40 km/h.

A man ran into the street to try and take down his licence plate, but couldn't: "lol I think I was too fast," Mr. Rigenco wrote. He also mentioned racing with another car on busy Dufferin Street the week before.

Other users quickly pounced on his comments. "Keep the stupidity off the streets," wrote one user. "We are just warning you for your own good, since we've seen what happens. I'm 24 and I can't tell you how many friends I've lost to bike/auto accidents that involved racing."

Another commented, "Who's to say that a kid couldn't have ran out in the middle of street, or say just appeared out of nowhere?"

Mr. Rigenco responded that he was a careful driver and had looked for kids, but added, "What's the point of buying an M5? To drive as a daily driver and feeling like u are 70 years old?"

York Regional Police put out a statement thanking "those responsible members of the public who diligently intervene or advise us of matters such as this that pose a risk to public safety."

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