Have you ever filmed one of your friends doing something completely idiotic and reckless and then posted it to YouTube? Well, for one man this very action led directly to his arrest after his friends filmed him driving erratically—nearly causing a car accident—and his attempts to evade police and posted it to the video site.
25-year-old Steven McInulty from Coventry, England had been speeding along a road when he was persued by police. In his attempts to flee, he drove the wrong way on the highway (what they call ‘carraige way’). A group of his friends stood on the side of the road, laughing uncontrollably as they filmed the chase.
This video was even viewed by the judge on the case and he was not as amused as McInulty’s friends. Sky News reported that the judge, Recorder Richard Atkins QC, gave a stern warning to the reckless driver.
“You caused all sorts of vehicles to have to take evasive action as you drove the wrong way and you then drove past your pals, who all thought it was tremendously funny and who had the stupidity to film you,” Atkins said. “What you did, it is luck nobody was killed or seriously injured.”
The judge went on to tell McInulty that, “I’m not going to forget that piece of driving. I know that road and I’m going to remember you.”
In the end McInulty was banned from driving for three years with an eight month suspended sentence. “He was ordered to pay costs of £1,800 and complete 200 hours of unpaid work. Once he completes his driving ban, he will have to sit an extended test,” the Sky News report explained.
This video of another news report explains the additional, unusual punishment he received—certainly not something I’ve ever heard of in this country.
I would hope that having the police crush your car—and filming it, how appropriate—would be motivation enough to prevent you from driving like that ever again.
When a motorist makes the choice to drive in a reckless manner they are not only risking their own life, but that of everyone on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a reckless driver contact Console & Associates P.C.’s auto accident attorneys in Philadelphia. We will fight aggressively ensuring that you are compensated and that the responsible parties are held accountable.