Beijing drag racers jailed for crashing luxury cars

BEIJING -- A court on Thursday sentenced two young men to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night race through Beijing.

The crash involving two luxury cars attracted much attention from the Chinese public, who speculated about the men's family backgrounds and how they could drive such expensive cars.

The Chaoyang District Court in Beijing found Tang Wentian, 21, and Yu Muchun, 20, guilty of dangerously operating motor vehicles, a court statement said. Neither would appeal the verdicts, which sentenced Tang to five months in jail and Yu to four, the court said. Both also were fined.

The court said Tang's Lamborghini reached speeds of over 111 miles per hour and that Yu's Ferrari went over 102 mph in their race on the rainy night of April 11. One passenger in Tang's car was injured. The speed limit was 43 mph for that stretch of road.

The men were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the district court said.

Reckless driving is not uncommon within the district, with more than 110 cases filed so far this year, most of which involve use of alcohol and men in their 20s and 30s, the court said.