In yet another case of internet enthusiasm invoking the long arm of the law, a 25 year-old rider in British Columbia allegedly posted a YouTube video of his 2006 Yamaha
R6 R1 hitting 299 km/h (or 185 mph) on public roads, triggering local authorities to slap his mother, the registered owner of the bike, with a nearly $1,500 fine.
But wait, it gets better.
The rider in question doesn't have insurance or a driver's license, and has already amassed 27 traffic infractions and five license suspensions on his record. But because police forces don't have enough evidence for criminal charges, the rider hasn't faced any consequences from his actions (except, perhaps, the wrath of his mama.) "Someone has to take responsibility for this," says the local police sargeant. "If it's not the rider, then we will take action against the registered owner, the mother."
How did they track down the bike? Apparently, the speed-happy 25 year-old bragged about his exploits, and a public tip to investigators led the police to a house on the block where the bloke in question lives. A forensics expert then matched five scratches on the dashboard in the video to the suspect's bike, which was subsequently seized.
The lesson? Don't ride stupid, and if you do, don't brag about it, and certainly don't post a video on YouTube, or there will be consequences... the least of which could come from your mom.
Source: CTV; Thanks for the tip, Pete!
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