Extreme speeder puts 230 km/h joyride on YouTube
Published Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:45PM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:32PM PST
Mounties are trying to track down an extreme speeder who filmed himself burning down a B.C. highway at 230 kilometres per hour then posted it online.
The video shows the driver steering with one hand and filming his dashboard with the other as he zooms past other cars on what appears to be Highway 1 in the Fraser Valley.
The RCMP Traffic Services Section confirmed an investigation is being opened to determine the driver’s identity.
Mounties say he may face charges of excessive speed and dangerous driving if caught.
The driver uploaded the clip onto YouTube last weekend, following in the footsteps of other scofflaws police have mocked for flaunting their transgressions publicly.
“It’s a bit of a bonehead move,” said Const. Ian MacDonald of the Abbotsford Police Department. “For whatever reason, maybe it’s a little bit of narcissism, they are creating evidence archives that can be used and are used by law enforcement to prosecute them.”
MacDonald questioned the speeder’s motivation in posting the video in the first place.
“I don’t know what interest other people would have in looking at your speedometer,” he said. “The only people that were intrigued were law enforcement.”
The YouTube clip has attracted a number of negative comments, despite being viewed fewer than 1,000 times by Thursday night.
“I hope you drive into a f---ing caribou next time,” one commenter wrote.
“No regard for public safety,” said another.
The last speeding clip to make headlines was filmed on Sumas Mountain on New Year’s Day using a GoPro camera.
MacDonald said authorities managed to identify the driver within hours of viewing the clip. All of his 120-odd driving videos have since been pulled down, and police confirm they are pursuing Motor Vehicle Act charges against him.
Last year, a motorcycle was infamously filmed speeding down a busy Vancouver Island highway at nearly 300 kilometres per hour.
The alleged driver, 25-year-old Randy George Scott, turned himself in to police and was charged with dangerous driving.
The bike, which was registered in his mother’s name, was confiscated and sold at auction.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Shannon Paterson